US Pat. No. 10,457,112

CONFIGURABLE EVAPORATOR UNIT AIR OUTLETS FOR A SECONDARY HVAC SYSTEM

Thermo King Corporation, ...

1. A configurable evaporator unit for a secondary heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that provides conditioned air within a cabin portion of a vehicle, the configurable evaporator unit comprising:an evaporator compartment that includes an evaporator coil for conditioning air;
a blower assembly that houses an evaporator blower for directing conditioned air out of the configurable evaporator unit, the blower assembly including:
a front side surface, a back side surface, a top side surface, a bottom side surface, and a left or right side surface, and
a plurality of blower openings for directing conditioned air out of the blower assembly, the plurality of blower openings disposed on at least two of the front side surface, the back side surface, the top side surface, the bottom side surface, and the left or right side surface; and
a housing that houses the evaporator compartment and the blower assembly adjacent to the evaporator compartment, the housing including:
a front side, a back side, a top side, a bottom side, and a left or right side, and
a plurality of housing openings disposed on at least two of the front side, the back side, the top side, the bottom side, and the left or right side, and
wherein the conditioned air is directed from the plurality of blower openings to multiple of the plurality of housing openings, at least one of the multiple of the plurality of housing openings is blocked from directing conditioned air out of the configurable evaporator unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,111

CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a heat pump including a cabin loop having a compressor, an exterior heat exchanger, a first expansion device therebetween, an interior heat exchanger, and a second expansion device between the interior and exterior heat exchangers, and including a battery loop having a battery chiller and a third expansion device selectively connecting the cabin loop and the battery chiller in fluid communication;
a traction battery;
a battery coolant loop including a radiator and a conduit, configured to circulate coolant through the radiator, the battery chiller, and the traction battery, wherein the battery coolant loop is connected to the heat pump only at the battery chiller; and
a controller programed to, in response to the heat pump being in dehumidification mode, close the third expansion device to inhibit refrigerant flow to the battery chiller.

US Pat. No. 10,457,110

VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle suspension system, comprising;an actuator interposed between a sprung member and an unsprung member of a vehicle and applying a drive force to cause a relative displacement between the sprung member and the unsprung member by an extending and retracting movement;
a sensor acquiring the extending and retracting movement of the actuator;
an onboard camera acquiring road surface image information; and
a control unit configured to perform a control including the extending and retracting movement of the actuator, wherein the control unit is configured to:
compute an unsprung member demand load to reduce vibration of the unsprung member,
compute a sprung member demand load to suppress vibration of the sprung member,
determine an existence of a first warning condition when a wheel of the vehicle is passing road surface irregularities including rumble strips and/or bumps provided on the road surface based on the extending and retracting movement of the actuator,
compute a first warning demand load to perform a first warning control including the extending and retracting movement of the actuator at a first frequency when first the warning condition is determined,
determine an existence of a second warning condition when the road surface image information indicates that the wheel of the vehicle is traveling near or on a road line provided on the road surface,
compute a second warning demand load to perform a second warning control including the extending and retracting movement of the actuator at a second frequency when the second warning condition is determined, and
compute a target load of the actuator based on at least the unsprung member demand load, the sprung member demand load, the first warning demand load, and the second warning demand load.

US Pat. No. 10,457,109

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Showa Corporation, Gyoda...

1. A vehicle height adjustment device comprising:an actuator driven when supplied with a current and configured to change a relative position of a body of a vehicle relative to an axle of a wheel of the vehicle;
a detector configured to detect the relative position; and
a controller configured to control the current supplied to the actuator to make the relative position equal to a target value so as to adjust a vehicle height of the body, wherein
the controller is configured to alternately supply an increase current and a maintenance current to the actuator when a detection value of the detector is smaller than a predetermined threshold, the increase current increasing the relative position to increase the vehicle height, the maintenance current maintaining the relative position to maintain the vehicle height, and
the controller is configured to set the maintenance current to be less than a predetermined first reference current, the controller is configured to set the increase current to be equal to or higher than the first reference current and equal to or lower than a predetermined second reference current, which is determined in advance to be higher than the first reference current, and the controller is configured to set a decrease current to be higher than the second reference current, the decrease current decreasing the relative position to decrease the vehicle height.

US Pat. No. 10,457,108

NON-LINEAR STIFFNESS ACTUATOR FOR VEHICLE SUSPENSION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A non-linear stiffness actuator for a suspension corner employed in a vehicle having a vehicle body and a road wheel, the non-linear stiffness actuator comprising:an actuator housing;
an actuator shaft configured to transmit an actuator force to the road wheel;
a primary elastic member assembly arranged between the actuator housing and the actuator shaft and configured to exert a primary elastic member force along the actuator shaft; and
a secondary elastic member assembly configured to exert a variable secondary elastic member force acting between the actuator housing and the actuator shaft, wherein the variable secondary elastic member force is configured to selectively contribute to and subtract from the primary elastic member force to thereby facilitate the non-linear stiffness of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,457,107

ASSEMBLY FOR RECEIVING A SUSPENSION SPRING OF A SUSPENSION STRUT, AND ASSOCIATED SPRING SEAT

THYSSENKRUPP BILSTEIN GMB...

1. A spring strut comprising:a piston rod;
a protective element that surrounds the piston rod and protects the piston rod from at least one of contaminants or moisture;
a suspension coil spring; and
a plastic spring plate that is positioned on a damper tube and supports an end of the suspension spring, wherein the spring plate is attached to the protective element and is configured to guide the protective element around an outside of the damper tube so as to minimize contact between the protective element and the damper tube.

US Pat. No. 10,457,106

DEVICE FOR LEVEL ADJUSTMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

18. A level adjustment device for a vehicle, comprising:a screw drive that includes:
an adapter sleeve that axially supports a spindle that includes a flange, wherein the flange is directed radially inwards towards the spindle, wherein the adapter sleeve is configured to decouple to a cylinder utilizing an elastic element; and
a nut configured to move up and down in an axial direction on the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,105

AUTOMOBILE UNDERCARRIAGE COMPONENT

KOBE STEEL, LTD., Kobe-s...

1. An automobile undercarriage component comprising at least three elongated arms, each of said arms comprising:a web; and
a rib connected to the web in a direction parallel to the plane of the web and transverse to the direction of elongation of the web, the rib having an inner wall surface extending from the rib to terminate at a leading end which is the end of the rib farthest from the web in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the web;
wherein one of said three elongated arms is a first arm having a first one of said ribs;
wherein at least one of said three elongated arms is a second arm having a second one of said ribs;
wherein for each of said second ones of said ribs, the leading end of the respective second one of said ribs has a width in the direction parallel to the plane of the web and transverse to the direction of elongation of the arm which is narrower than the width of a leading end of the first one of said ribs, as an inner wall surface is disposed closer to an opposing outer wall surface in the respective second one of said ribs as compared to the first one of said ribs;
wherein the first one of said ribs includes a first inner wall surface formed and a first outer wall surface opposing the first inner wall surface, the first inner wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?a (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the first inner wall surface having a curvature radius R of Ra (mm), the first outer wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?b (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the first outer wall surface having a curvature radius R of Rb (mm), and a planar portion formed between the two angular portions having a width of ws (mm);
wherein the second one of said ribs includes a second inner wall surface and a second outer wall surface, the second inner wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?a? (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the second inner wall surface having a curvature radius R of Ra? (mm), the second outer wall surface having an inclination angle ? of ?b? (°), an angular portion formed on the leading end of the second outer wall surface having a curvature radius R of Rb? (mm), and a planar portion formed between the two angular portions having a width of ws? (mm); and
wherein, when wa, wb, wa?, and wb? are defined to satisfy the equations wa=Ra×cos ?a?(Ra?Ra×sin ?a)×tan ?a, wb=Rb×cos ?b?(Rb?Rb×sin ?b)×tan ?b, wa?=Ra?×cos ?a??(Ra??Ra?×sin ?a?)×tan ?a?, and wb?=Rb?×cos ?b??(Rb??Rb?×sin ?b?)×tan ?b?, the difference L (mm) in width between the first one of said ribs and the second one of said ribs is expressed by the equation L={(wa?wa?)+(wb?wb?)+(ws?ws?)} and L>0.

US Pat. No. 10,457,104

TOW LOOP POSITIONING SYSTEMS AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A towing assembly, comprising:a bracket having laterally spaced channels; and
a tow loop having laterally spaced arms, each of the arms configured to slide within a respective one of the channels from a deployed to a retracted position in response to a load applied to the tow loop.

US Pat. No. 10,457,103

METHOD FOR DETERMINING TIRE INSTALLATION LOCATION, TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

Silergy Semiconductor Tec...

1. A method of determining installation positions of tires, the method comprising:a) measuring, by a magnetic sensor provided in each tire in the same manner, a first magnetic field strength in a first direction and a second magnetic field strength in a second direction, wherein said first direction is a circumferential or axial direction of said tire and said second direction is a radial direction of said tire;
b) acquiring, by a controller, a first magnetic field strength sampling value of said tire by sampling said first magnetic field strength received from said magnetic sensor;
c) acquiring, by said controller, a second magnetic field strength sampling value of said tire by sampling said second magnetic field strength received from said magnetic sensor;
d) calculating, by said controller, a difference between said first magnetic field strength sampling value and said second magnetic field strength sampling value of said tire;
e) determining, by said controller, whether said installation position of said tire is on the left side or the right side of a vehicle according to a change trend of said calculated difference of said tire; and
f) providing said installation position of said tire to a communication component, wherein said magnetic sensor, said communication component, and said controller receive a power supply from a power management circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,102

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:four main grooves formed on a tread portion such that the four main grooves extend in a tire circumferential direction;
a plurality of lateral grooves formed on the tread portion; and
five block rows each including a plurality of blocks defined respectively by the main grooves and a pair of the lateral grooves disposed adjacently to each other in the tire circumferential direction, the blocks arranged in a row in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein a mounting posture of a pneumatic tire with respect to a vehicle body in a tire width direction is designated,
wherein the main grooves comprise:
an inner main groove positioned on an innermost side in the tire width direction in a state where the tire is mounted on the vehicle;
an outer main groove positioned on an outermost side in the tire width direction in a state where the tire is mounted on the vehicle;
a first center main groove disposed adjacently to an outer side of the inner main groove in the tire width direction; and
a second center main groove disposed adjacently to an inner side of the outer main groove in the tire width direction,
wherein the block rows comprise:
an inner shoulder row positioned inside the inner main groove in the tire width direction;
an outer shoulder row positioned outside the outer main groove in the tire width direction;
an inner intermediate row positioned between the inner main groove and the first center main groove;
an outer intermediate row positioned between the outer main groove and the second center main groove; and
a center row positioned between the first center main groove and the second center main groove,
wherein a groove width of the first center main groove and a groove width of the second center main groove is larger than a groove width of the inner main groove and a groove width of the outer main groove,
wherein the lateral groove includes a plurality of first lateral grooves formed at intervals in the tire circumferential direction so as to define blocks belonging to the inner shoulder row,
wherein a first raised portion which connects the pair of blocks belonging to the inner shoulder row to each other is formed in the first lateral grooves every one other on an inner main groove side, and a depth of the first lateral groove in the first raised portion is smaller than a depth of the first lateral groove in other portions,
wherein a second raised portion is formed on the outer main groove in a region defined by an imaginary line which connects the block belonging to the outer intermediate row and the block belonging to the outer shoulder row, and a depth of the outer main groove in the second raised portion is smaller than a depth of the outer main groove in other portions, and
wherein the depth of the first lateral groove in the first raised portion is set to 0.4 to 0.6 times inclusive as large as the depth of the first lateral groove in other portions.

US Pat. No. 10,457,101

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

1. A pneumatic vehicle tire comprising:a radial ply casing;
a multi-ply belt and a profiled tread which, as viewed in the axial direction, has a central portion and two shoulder portions, wherein the shoulder portions are composed of a first rubber compound that has a lower dynamic modulus of elasticity E? at 55° C. and 8% elongation according to DIN 53513 than a second rubber in the central portion of the pneumatic tire profiled tread, and wherein the first rubber compound comprises a solution styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR) having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of between ?24° C. to 17° C. and the second rubber compound comprises an SSBR having a glass transition temperature (Tg) of between ?30° C. to ?25° C.; and,
wherein a base of the central portion has extensions positioned laterally substantially parallel to the tread substructure,
wherein the base of the central portion has extensions positioned radially within and over the width of the shoulder portions,
wherein separating each shoulder portion from the central portion is a shoulder-side circumferential groove that encircles the tire in a substantially rectilinear manner in the circumferential direction,
wherein each shoulder-side circumferential groove is bonded by a first groove flank on an inner side of the tread, a second groove flank on an outer side of the tread, and a third groove flank that is a groove base,
wherein the first groove flank and the second groove flank are inclined at an acute angle of up to 10 degrees with respect to the radial direction, and
wherein the first rubber compound comprises 40 phr of silica and 14 phr of carbon black, and wherein the second rubber compound comprises 96 phr of silica and 14 phr of carbon black.

US Pat. No. 10,457,100

CART WHEEL ASSEMBLY WITH REPLACEABLE TIRE

gowheels, Inc., Raleigh,...

1. A method of applying a tire to a wheel, the method comprising:forming a tire seam with:
a first seam end having at least one locking finger that extends beyond a first seam face, the first seam end having a first seam end first sidewall and a first seam end second sidewall that cover at least a portion of a center ridge that extends along at least a portion of a circumference of the wheel; and
a second seam end having at least one opening to receive the at least one locking finger through a second seam face, the second seam end having a second seam end first sidewall and a second seam end second sidewall that cover at least a portion of the center ridge;
inserting the at least one locking finger into the at least one opening; and
inserting a finger locking pin to engage:
a first passageway in the second seam end first sidewall,
a second passageway in the second seam end second sidewall, a third passageway through a distal portion of the locking finger, and
at least one fourth passageway through the wheel; andwherein after inserting the finger locking pin:the first seam end and second seam end are substantially continuous on an outer circumference of the tire;
the first seam end and second seam end are substantially continuous at the first seam end first sidewall and the second seam end first sidewall covering at least the portion of the center ridge; and
the first seam end and second seam end are substantially continuous at the first seam end second sidewall and the second seam end second sidewall covering at least the portion of the center ridge.

US Pat. No. 10,457,099

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE FOOTPRINT AREA OF A TYRE AND TYRE FOR VEHICLE WHEELS

PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A., Mil...

1. A tyre for motor-vehicle wheels, comprising:a carcass structure comprising a pair of beads having a same radial distance from a rotation axis of the tyre; and
a tread band disposed at a radially external position with respect to the carcass structure,
wherein the are symmetric relative to a mid-line plane of the tyre,
wherein, in each radial half-section of the tyre, the tread band is symmetric relative to a symmetry axis thereof,
wherein, in each radial half-section, a medium line of the tread band and the rotation axis of the tyre form a predetermined angle different from zero,
wherein a median circumferential line of the tread band is axially shifted by a predetermined distance between about 3 mm and about 30 mm relative to the mid-line plane of the tyre,
wherein axial end portions of the tread band have different axial distances from the mid-line plane of the tyre, and
wherein the axial end portion that is axially farthest from the mid-line plane of the tyre is also the axial end portion that is radially the farthest from the rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,457,097

HIGH TRACK DRIVE SYSTEM FOR TRACK WORK VEHICLE

1. A track work vehicle comprising:an axle input shaft defining a first axis of rotation;
a differential gear case having at least one planetary gear set;
a track drive system contained, at least in part, in the differential gear case and including:
a first gear coupled to the axle input shaft;
a second gear coupled to the first gear;
a bevel gear assembly coupled to the second gear;
a bevel gear set coupled to the at least one planetary gear set;
at least one drive axle shaft coupled to the at least one planetary gear set; and
a drive wheel for driving a continuous ground-engaging track,
wherein the at least one drive axle shaft has a second axis of rotation that is vertically offset from the first axis of rotation and substantially coaxial with a centerline of the drive wheel and intersects a third axis of rotation associated with the bevel gear assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,457,096

FLANGED WHEEL HUB FOR WHEEL HUB BEARINGS

1. A flanged wheel hub for flanged hub bearing units, the wheel hub comprises:a tubular body supporting the bearing units and being coaxial with an axis (A), and a flange, which is transverse to the axis (A), is provided with a plurality of threaded through holes that are distributed around the axis (A), and includes:
an outer annular mounting surface, and
an inner surface that is axially faced towards an outer ring of the bearing units; the flange having a respective basic axial thickness (SAF), and providing, for each threaded through hole, a respective radial arm, which is arranged on the inner surface of the flange facing the outer ring and has a respective axial thickness (SAB) to act as a strengthening element of the flange at least in correspondence of the threaded through holes;
the flanged wheel hub being forged in one piece together with the flange and the arms, and wherein
for each threaded through hole, an annular boss, which is also forged in one piece with the flanged wheel hub and is arranged around, and crossed by, the relative threaded through hole for the purpose of increasing the mechanical strength characteristics of the flanged wheel hub.

US Pat. No. 10,457,095

HUB-BEARING ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE WHEEL

1. A hub-bearing assembly having an axis of rotation and comprising:an outer bearing ring radially bordered by a cylindrical outer surface coaxial to the axis of rotation and axially delimited by an annular surface transverse to the axis of rotation and adjacent to the cylindrical outer surface;
an inner bearing ring defining with the outer ring an interspace, and provided with a flange that is transverse to the axis of rotation; and
a sealing device, which is interposed between the outer ring and the inner ring to prevent the entry in the hub-bearing assembly of any impurities through the interspace, and provides:
a first sealing shield joined to the outer ring and supporting a static sealing lip extending axially beyond the annular surface towards the flange;
a second sealing shield is joined with the inner ring the second sealing shield has an annular wall arranged against the flange and positioned such that the static sealing lip located on the first sealing shield faces the annular wall of the second sealing shield so that the static sealing lip extends toward the annular wall, wherein a portion of the second sealing shield extends axially to form a cylindrical portion that is located radially farther from the axis of rotation than the cylindrical outer surface of the outer bearing ring to form an aperture therebetween;
the sealing device provides a dynamic lip joined to the annular wall of the second sealing shield and directed towards the annular surface of the outer ring and is configured such that the dynamic lip drives impurities toward the annular surface, a seal material which forms the dynamic lip also extends from the dynamic lip over the cylindrical portion such that the seal material is located between the cylindrical portion and the cylindrical outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,094

WHEEL FOR A SUPPORT STRUCTURE

1. A wheel assembly comprising:a first side plate having a first annular base, axially protruding first claw members projecting axially outward from the first annular base, axially protruding first hub mounts projecting axially outward from the first annular base, and axially protruding first spring mounts projecting axially outward from the first annular base;
a hub member attached to the first side plate, the hub member including an annular center with a plurality of arms extending radially to a plurality of axially extending torque cylinders;
a tire assembly laid over the hub member such that spokes of the tire assembly are radially adjacent corresponding first claw members of the first side plate, a plurality of friction members and the first claw members sandwiching each of the spokes as a first axial end of each friction member engages the first spring mounts of the first side plate;
a second side plate having a second annular base, axially protruding second claw members projecting axially outward from the second annular base, axially protruding second hub mounts projecting axially outward from the second annular base, and axially protruding second spring mounts projecting axially outward from the second annular base, the second claw members receiving corresponding pins of the first claw members of the first side plate, a second axial end of each friction member engaging the second friction mounts of the second side plate; and
a plurality of fasteners securing the hub member to both the first side plate and the second side plate and the tire assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,457,093

STRUCTURE OF BICYCLE WHEEL RIM

Alex Global Technology, I...

1. A structure of a bicycle wheel rim, comprising:an inner rim frame having an inner rim part corresponding to a plurality of spokes, and two lateral ring parts respectively disposed on both sides of the inner rim part, the inner rim frame defining an internal space extending radially from an opening formed between the two lateral ring parts; and
a composite rim body encapsulating the inner rim part and the two lateral ring parts of the inner rim frame, the composite rim body having a first ring segment encapsulating the inner rim part of the inner rim frame, two second ring segments encapsulating the two lateral ring parts of the inner rim frame, a third ring segment having two protrusions and encapsulating terminals of the two lateral ring parts of the inner rim frame, and a supporting part covering the opening of the internal space of the inner rim frame to enclose the internal space defined by the inner rim frame.

US Pat. No. 10,457,092

WHEEL WEIGHT ASSEMBLY

1. A wheel weight assembly for a vehicle having a wheel hub, the wheel weight assembly comprising:a wheel weight comprising a mounting aperture, the mounting aperture defining a fixed axis; and
a mounting assembly that is positioned in the mounting aperture so as to pivot relative thereto, the mounting assembly comprising:
a hook that is positioned laterally inboard of the wheel hub; and
a rotator that is positioned laterally outboard of the wheel weight and coupled to the hook, the rotator being configured to rotate the hook, about the fixed axis, from a first position, in which the hook is not engaged with the wheel hub, to a second position in which the hook is engaged with the wheel hub.

US Pat. No. 10,457,091

PAINTBRUSH HOLDING SYSTEM

1. A system for holding paintbrushes, said system comprising:a container having an interior and a bottom; and
a holder configured to be disposed in said interior, said holder including a circumferentially disposed cylindrical wall and a pair of intersecting cross walls that are each connected to an interior of said cylindrical wall, a plurality of legs, wherein each of said legs is connected to said cylindrical wall with each leg being spaced circumferentially between each connection of said pair of cross walls with said cylindrical wall, and a plurality of hangers fixedly secured to said holder with each hanger configured to removably receive a paintbrush thereon;
wherein each of said cross walls include at least one of said hangers, and wherein at least one of said hangers is disposed at the connection of each leg with said cylindrical wall, and wherein said holder is positioned above said bottom of said container when said holder is disposed in said container with said container configured to retain liquid into which the bristles of the paintbrush are submerged when retained on said hanger.

US Pat. No. 10,457,090

EXPANDABLE PACKAGE FILLER OR ORNAMENT

1. An expandable filler, comprising: a stack of about 30 to about 60 parallel sheets, each sheet comprising a flexible material having a respective thickness less than about 2 mil and defining at least one cut through the thickness of the sheet, the at least one cut extending from a peripheral edge of the sheet to a location radially inward of the peripheral edge of the sheet, the at least one cut defining a peninsula portion of the sheet proximate the location radially inward of the peripheral edge of the sheet and a generally spiral shaped strip extending continuously from the peninsula portion to a peripheral end portion located along the peripheral edge of the sheet, wherein the generally spiral shaped strips of the respective sheets are coextensive with each other and, in an initial configuration, collectively occupy a first volume, the generally spiral shaped strips being configured to entangle with at least some of each other in response to shaking to form, in an expanded configuration, a cushioning packing material having a volume greater than the first volume, and wherein the generally spiral shaped strips are fastened together in intimate contact at only the peripheral end portion of each of the generally spiral shaped strips.

US Pat. No. 10,457,089

METHOD OF MARKING A SOLID STATE MATERIAL, AND SOLID STATE MATERIALS MARKED ACCORDING TO SUCH A METHOD

Master Dynamic Limited, ...

17. An article formed from solid state material having a non-optically detectable identifiable mark on the outer surface of the article, wherein said mark includes a plurality of recesses extending into said article from the outer surface of the article and wherein the maximum width of the etched portions of is less than 200 nm such that the identifiable mark is non-optically detectable in the visible light spectrum and is viewable in the ultra-violet (UV) spectrum and wherein said mark is viewable in the ultra-violet spectrum irrespective of the distribution or uniformity of the etched potions in relation to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,088

TEMPLATE FOR SELF ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MAKING A SELF ASSEMBLED PATTERN

Ridgefield Acquisition, ...

1. A template for directing a pattern in a block copolymer film, said block copolymer having two or more spontaneously separating blocks, wherein the block copolymer has a characteristic pitch, said template consisting essentially of:a. a substrate consisting essentially of a base and a neutral coating on the base, said neutral coating having an array comprising two or more trenches etched therein; said trenches having wads and floors, andwherein said neutral coating, prior to trench etching is formed from functionalized polymer brushes, cross-linkable polymers, or random copolymers, or blends of homopolymers; andb. a pinning material in the trenches, said pinning material having a greater affinity for one of the two or more spontaneously separating blocks than for any other of the two or more spontaneously separating blocks, andwherein the pinning material is coated on the walls and floors of the trenches and conforms to the walls of the trenches and the trenches are maintained, and wherein the widths of the trenches are dimensioned in a manner effective to direct a pattern by pinned chemoepitaxy in a block copolymer film that overlays both the neutral layer and the trenches, wherein the pinning material comprises a polymer comprising a repeat unit selected from a group consisting of substituted styrene, unsubstituted styrene, (meth)acrylate, substituted vinyl pyridine, unsubstituted vinyl pyridine, a diene, one or more olefins, an unsaturated anhydride, an unsaturated diacid, an unsaturated acid-ester, one or more olefin oxides, a dioxane, a homopolyester, a heteropolyester couple, a homopolyamide couple, a heteropolyamide couple or combinations thereof and further wherein the pinning material comprises a monofunctional or difunctional telechelic polymer, comprising a reactive end group selected from a group consisting of an alcohol group, an ester group, a carbonate group, a carboxylic acid group, a phosphonic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, an amine group, an amide or imide group, an epoxy group, a silyl group, an alkoxysilyl group, an alkylsilyl group, an aminosilane group, a nitrile group, an isocyanate group, a thiocyanate group, and an isothiocyanate group.

US Pat. No. 10,457,087

SECURITY ELEMENT FORMED FROM AT LEAST TWO MATERIALS PRESENT IN PARTIALLY OR FULLY OVERLAPPING AREAS, ARTICLES CARRYING THE SECURITY ELEMENT, AND AUTHENTICATION METHODS

SICPA HOLDING SA, Prilly...

1. A security element comprising a first material MAT1 and a second material MAT2, which are formed in or on a substrate, in such a manner that areas occupied by MAT1 and MAT2 overlap partially or fully so that there are three areas recognizable: an area wherein MAT1, but not MAT2 is provided, an area wherein MAT2, but no MAT1 is provided, and an area wherein both MAT1 and MAT2 are provided,the first material MAT1 comprising a phosphorescent pigment (donor),
the second material MAT2 comprising a fluorescent dye or pigment (acceptor),
wherein the phosphorescent pigment present in MAT1 emits phosphorescence radiation in at least one first phosphorescence emission wavelength range ?1e upon excitation by electromagnetic radiation falling within a phosphorescence excitation wavelength range ?1a, and
the fluorescent dye or pigment present in MAT2 emits fluorescence radiation in at least one second fluorescence emission wavelength range ?2e upon excitation by electromagnetic radiation falling within an fluorescence excitation wavelength range ?2a of the fluorescent dye or pigment, and
said first phosphorescence emission wavelength range ?1e of the phosphorescent pigment present in MAT1 overlaps with the excitation wavelength range ?2a of the fluorescent dye or pigment present in MAT2, so that after irradiation of the security element with electromagnetic radiation within the phosphorescence excitation wavelength range ?1a, the emission of fluorescence radiation in the emission wavelength range ?2e is observable.

US Pat. No. 10,457,086

EMBEDDED VARIABLE LINE PATTERNS

MorphoTrust USA, LLC, Bi...

1. An identification document comprising:a photographic image of an individual associated with the identification document;
one or more line patterns included in the photographic image to depict physical features of the individuals, each of the one or more line patterns comprising:
a plurality of discrete line segments that cooperate to form an outline of a portion of a physical feature of the individual; and
each discrete line segment being configured to encode data about identifying features of the individual; and
identifying information printed on the identification document, the identifying information comprising a subset of information that is assigned to at least one of the one or more line patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,457,085

ASSEMBLY FOR DISPENSING FULL ADHESIVE NOTES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An assembly for dispensing adhesive notes comprising:a pad comprising a plurality of adhesive notes, wherein each adhesive note in the plurality includes a sheet having a front face and a back face and an adhesive on the back face of the sheet and wherein the adhesive covers at least 75% of the surface area of the back face of the sheet; and
a dispenser including a retention feature adapted to receive and secure the pad, the retention feature comprising a pillar having a mounting face and a recessed portion surrounding the pillar;
wherein the adhesive note directly adjacent to the pillar is adhered to the mounting face of the pillar and wherein a surface area of the adhesive is greater than a surface area of the mounting face, and wherein a geometric center of the adhesive is aligned over the mounting face.

US Pat. No. 10,457,084

ANTI-OFF AND REPLENISHED STICKY NOTES WITH MAGNETIC CHASSIS WHICH CAN BE SLID AND PLACED ERECTLY ON METAL PLANE

1. A reusable anti-falling magnetic base capable of sliding and standing on a magnetic plane for sticky notes, comprising a magnetic base, and characterized in that the magnetic base comprises, at a bottom of the magnetic base, magnet sheets holes for holding small magnets; wherein portions of side rims of the magnetic base are provided with an oblique angle; whereby the sticky notes connected in the magnetic base stand and fix at the oblique angle on a magnetic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,083

BINDING FOLDER

UNIBIND LIMITED, Nicosia...

1. A binding folder for binding a bundle of leaves (4), the binding folder (1) essentially comprising:a spine (2) for enclosing an edge (3) of the bundle of leaves (4);
two cover sheets (5) attached to the spine,
wherein at least a first one of the two cover sheets is made of a synthetic material; and
a top sheet (10) provided against a side (11) of at least one of the two cover sheets (5), the side (11) of the at least one of the cover sheets (5) being provided with the top sheet (10) being oriented towards an inside of the binding folder (1),
wherein the top sheet is provided with an adhesive,
wherein the top sheet (10) is attached, by the adhesive, to the side (11) of the at least one of the two cover sheets (5) in a removable way, whereby lifting of the top sheet detaches the adhesive and the top sheet from the side (11) of the at least one of the two cover sheets (5).

US Pat. No. 10,457,082

FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING PLATE WITH IMPROVED STORAGE STABILITY

MacDermid Graphics Soluti...

1. A method of making a relief image printing element comprising a plurality of relief printing dots, the method comprising the step of:a) providing at least one photocurable layer disposed on a substrate, the at least one photocurable layer being capable of being selectively crosslinked and cured upon exposure to actinic radiation, the at least one photocurable layer comprising:
i) an ethylenically unsaturated monomer;
ii) a binder; and
iii) a photoinitiator, the photoinitiator exhibiting a quantum yield of initiation (Qi) of more than 0.05 at a 365 nm wavelength;
wherein the substrate comprises a flexible polymer sheet with an ultraviolet absorbing compound incorporated therein, and wherein the substrate has an optical density from 0.5 to 5 in the wavelength range of 365 nm to 450 nm but allows transmission of from 0.1% to 10% of incident light in the wavelength range of 365 nm to 450 nm;
b) imagewise exposing the at least one photocurable layer to actinic radiation to selectively crosslink and cure portions of the at least one photocurable layer; and
c) developing the relief image printing element to separate and remove uncrosslinked and uncured portions of the at least one photocurable layer to reveal a relief image therein, wherein the relief image comprises the plurality of relief printing dots, and
wherein the plurality of relief printing dots exhibit an edge sharpness of the dots such that the ratio of the radius of curvature at the intersection of the shoulder and the top surface of the dot, re, to the width of the top of the dot, p, is less than 5%, and wherein the printing element exhibits improved storage stability and shelf life.

US Pat. No. 10,457,081

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING DYNAMIC LIGHT PROJECTION FOR FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINT MASTERS

AGFA NV, Mortsel (BE)

1. A method for constructing a relief print master including a relief layer defining image features, the method comprising the steps of:calculating a three-dimensional representation of the relief print master including a plurality of voxels each having a value that indicates where a stereolithographic apparatus is to print material and is not to print material;
printing the relief print master with the stereolithographic apparatus in accordance with the three-dimensional representation by:
supplying a photocurable liquid;
imagewise exposing a layer of the photocurable liquid to selectively polymerize the layer;
repeating the supplying and imagewise exposing steps until the relief print master is completed;
selecting positions inside the three-dimensional representation of the relief print master as a function of the image features in the relief layer to introduce cavities defining volumetric entities in the relief print master in which a degree of polymerization of monomeric units in each of the volumetric entities is less than 25 percent; and
changing the values of voxels of the plurality of voxels at or near the selected positions to introduce the cavities inside the relief print master.

US Pat. No. 10,457,079

INK, INKJET RECORDING METHOD, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

17. An image forming apparatus comprising:a recording medium;
an applying device configured to apply an ink to the recording medium to form an image; and
a rolling-up device configured to roll up the recording medium in a roll form to form an image recorded matter;
wherein the recording medium is continuous paper,
wherein the ink includes an organic solvent and a coloring material,
wherein the image recorded matter has a tackiness power of from 80 to 110 nN.

US Pat. No. 10,457,078

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR PRODUCT USING PERMEABLE MEDIUM

MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., L...

1. A manufacturing method, comprising:an image printing step of forming an image by inkjet printing on a permeable medium based on a processing data;
a cutting step of cutting the permeable medium into parts in shapes based on the processing data after the image is printed on the permeable medium by inkjet printing in the image printing step; and
an assembling step of assembling the parts into a product,
wherein the image printing step using an ink for image printing, and the ink containing a heat-producible composition that generates heat when being irradiated with ultraviolet light and a solvent, and the ink is able to be dried and fixed after the solvent is vaporized from the ink heated by the heat generated by the heat-producible composition when being irradiated with the ultraviolet light,
by an irradiation of the ultraviolet light, the solvent is vaporized to an extent that the image printed on the permeable medium does not smear, and a maximum energy of the irradiation of the ultraviolet light is an energy which does not cause the ink to be burned, and
the image printing step uses an ink for image printing selected from latex inks, solvent-diluted UV-curable inks, and water-soluble UV-curable dye inks, wherein a temperature range of the ink irradiated by the irradiation of the ultraviolet light is 60° C.˜170° C.

US Pat. No. 10,457,076

INK JET PRINTING METHOD AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing method comprising:an ink image forming step of forming an ink image containing an aqueous liquid component and a coloring material, by applying a reaction liquid for thickening ink and ink containing an aqueous liquid medium and the coloring material onto an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing step of performing a liquid absorption treatment in which the aqueous liquid component is at least partially absorbed from the ink image by a porous body of a liquid absorbing member, by contacting a liquid absorbing surface of the porous body of the liquid absorbing member with the ink image in a liquid absorption treatment region;
a conveying step of conveying the porous body, conveyed from the liquid absorption treatment region, to the liquid absorption treatment region again; and
a porous body checking step of forming a test pattern for testing image quality, detecting an image quality of the test pattern, subjected to the liquid absorbing step, by an image quality detecting device, and determining a state of the porous body from the obtained detection results.

US Pat. No. 10,457,075

PRINT ENGINE FOR COLOR DIGITAL INKJET PRESS

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. A print engine comprising:a media support chassis having a plurality of guide rollers mounted between opposite sidewalls thereof, the plurality of guide rollers defining a media feed path;
a maintenance chassis pivotally mounted on the media support chassis, the maintenance chassis comprising a plurality of maintenance modules fixedly mounted thereto and aligned along the media feed path;
a print bar chassis movably mounted on the maintenance chassis, the print bar chassis comprising a plurality of print modules, each print module having a printhead;
a pivot actuation mechanism for pivoting the maintenance chassis between an open and closed position; and
a lift mechanism for raising and lowering the print bar chassis relative to the maintenance chassis between a maintenance position a printing position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,074

INKJET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:a table on which a recording medium is to be placed;
an ink head that is located above the table and discharges ink toward the recording medium placed on the table;
a carriage that has the ink head mounted thereon and is movable in a main scanning direction; and
an air blower that is mounted on the carriage and blows air toward the recording medium; wherein
the air blower includes:
a case including an inlet opening through which external air is taken inside, an outlet opening through which the external air, taken inside through the inlet opening, is discharged outside, and an opening in a portion facing the table, the case being located at least to one side of the ink head in the main scanning direction;
a fan that is located in the case, absorbs the external air through the inlet opening and sends air through the outlet opening toward the recording medium placed on the table;
a heater that is located in the case and heats the air sent from the fan; and
a heat radiation layer that is exposed outside through the opening and radiates at least a portion of heat generated by the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,457,073

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:a reaction liquid adhesion step of ejecting from an ink jet head, a reaction liquid in the form of liquid droplets containing an aggregating agent which aggregates a color ink composition so as to adhere the reaction liquid to a recording region of a recording medium which is a non-absorptive recording medium or a low-absorptive recording medium; and
a color ink adhesion step of ejecting the color ink composition in the form of liquid droplets from an ink jet head so as to adhere the color ink composition to the recording region of the recording medium to which the reaction liquid is adhered,
wherein in the reaction liquid adhesion step, while ejecting the liquid droplets, the ink jet head is scanned a plurality of times so as to be moved relatively with respect to the recording medium;
an adhesion amount of the reaction liquid to the recording region after a single scan by the ink jet head relative to the recording medium is 0.1 to 2 mg/inch2; and
a total adhesion amount of the reaction liquid to the recording region after the ink jet head is scanned the plurality of times is 1 to 4 mg/inch2.

US Pat. No. 10,457,072

PROCESSING OBJECT REFORMING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, PROCESSING OBJECT REFORMING SYSTEM, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PRINTED MATTER

1. A processing object reforming apparatus comprising:a plasma processing unit that acidifies at least a surface of a processing object comprising paper or film, the processing object having a polymer upon its surface, by processing the surface of the processing object by using plasma, causing a chemical reaction between polymers, disposed at the surface, and the plasma; and
a control unit that controls the plasma processing unit to plasma-process the processing object with a plasma energy amount based on a type of material that is included at the surface of the processing object;
wherein the plasma processing unit comprises at least one discharge electrode that generates the plasma, and
the control unit controls the plasma processing unit to plasma-process the processing object with the plasma energy amount by adjusting a voltage value of a voltage pulse to be applied to the at least one discharge electrode or adjusting the number of the discharge electrodes to which the voltage pulse is to be applied.

US Pat. No. 10,457,071

OBJECT HOLDER WITH PNEUMATIC CLAMPING FRAME FOR A DIRECT-TO-OBJECT PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object holder for retaining at least one object in a direct-to-object print system, the object holder comprising:a moving frame configured to traverse a support member positioned substantially parallel to a plane formed by at least one print head of the direct-to-object print system;
at least one collapsible membrane configured to be retained within the moving frame, wherein the at least one collapsible membrane is at least partially filled with a plurality of granules, and further wherein the at least one collapsible membrane is configured to collapse at least partially around the at least one object when a volume of air is withdrawn from the at least one collapsible membrane; and
at least one inflatable bladder associated with at least one interior surface of the moving frame, wherein the at least one inflatable bladder is configured to be inflated to retain the at least one collapsible membrane within the moving frame when air is withdrawn from the at least one collapsible membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,457,070

SYSTEM FOR TREATING THE SURFACES OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) OBJECTS PRIOR TO PRINTING THE SURFACES

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An object surface treatment system comprising:an applicator;
a supply of a chemical operatively connected to the applicator;
a pump pneumatically connected between the supply of the chemical and the applicator;
a chamber having walls to form an interior volume, the chamber having a support within the interior volume of the chamber for supporting an object placed within the interior volume of the chamber and a lid configured to close the chamber;
a flexible member mounted to the lid of the chamber;
a vacuum source operatively connected to the interior volume of the chamber;
a plurality of actuators, one of the actuators being operatively connected to the applicator and another of the actuators being operatively connected to the lid; and
a controller operatively connected to the pump, the plurality of actuators, and the vacuum source, the controller being configured to operate the one actuator to move the applicator to a surface of the flexible member, to operate the pump to supply the chemical from the supply to the applicator for application to the surface of the flexible member, to operate the other actuator to move the lid to close the chamber, to operate the vacuum source to produce a vacuum within the interior volume of the chamber and move a portion of the surface of the flexible member into engagement with a surface of the object on the support within the interior volume of the chamber, to cease operation of the vacuum source to enable the flexible member to return to a position adjacent the lid, and to operate the other actuator to remove the lid from the chamber to enable removal of the object from the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,457,069

APPARATUS FOR REPEATABLE STAGING AND HOLDING OBJECTS IN A 3-D PRINTER USING AN ARRAY OF PINS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A universal apparatus for staging objects and precisely holding the objects prior to removal therefrom by a gripper, comprising:an upper support frame;
a datum plate connected to said upper support frame;
an array of contour pins positioned to extend above said datum plate;
biasing members for biasing said array of contour pins against the weight of objects placed upon said datum plate; and
a clamping plate through which said array of contour pins extend, said clamping plate including compliant fingers, and wherein said compliant fingers include elongated portions that allow the clamping plate to deflect while applying force to said array of contour pins.

US Pat. No. 10,457,068

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO TRAPPING PROCESS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING INSTRUCTIONS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING TRAPPING PROCESS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a storage configured to store image data; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to execute:
receiving image data configured such that a plurality of pixel arrays each including a plurality of pixels are arranged in a main scanning direction, the plurality of pixel arrays being aligned in a sub scanning direction which is perpendicular to the main scanning direction;
setting a determination area having a particular number of pixels within a particular area of three lines or more in the sub scanning direction and three pixels or more in the main scanning direction;
sequentially selecting a plurality of pixels within the determination area as color determination pixels;
determining whether a color determination pixel of the selected color determination pixels has a chromatic color;
determining black pixels including:
determining whether a first pixel adjacent to the color determination pixel is black; and
determining whether a second pixel apart from the color determination pixel with one or more intermediate pixels therebetween is black;
determining execution of trapping processes including:
determining that a first trapping process to add a color component of the color determination pixel to the first pixel is to be executed when the controller determines that the color determination pixel has a chromatic color and the first pixel is black; and
determining that a second trapping process to add the color component of the color determination pixel to the second pixel is to be executed when it is determined that the color determination pixel has a chromatic color, the second pixel is black, and the intermediate pixels located between the color determination pixel and the second pixel are black;
executing trapping processes including:
executing the first trapping process on a pixel on which the first trapping process is determined to be executed; and
executing the second trapping process on a pixel on which the second trapping process is determined to be executed;
restricting execution of trapping processes including:
restricting execution of the second trapping process on the pixel on which the first trapping process is determined to be executed,
wherein a position of the second pixel within the determination area varies depending on the color determination pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,457,067

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head provided with a discharge port array in which a plurality of discharge ports for discharging an ink is arranged in an array direction and configured to scan a recording medium based on recording data;
a test pattern recording unit configured to record a test pattern on a recording medium using the recording head;
a reading unit configured to read the test pattern by relative movement between the recording unit and the recording medium, on which the test pattern is recorded, in the array direction, a reading resolution of the reading unit in the array direction being lower than the arrangement resolution of the plurality of discharge ports;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data corresponding to an image recorded by discharge from the plurality of the discharge ports;
a correction unit configured to correct the image data based on a read result of the test pattern; and
a generation unit configured to generate the recording data based on image data corrected by the correction unit,
wherein the test pattern recording unit records the test pattern so that K (K?2) number of first areas recorded in each of the K times of scanning by the recording head using a first discharge port at an edge portion in the array direction in the discharge port array and a second area recorded in each of L (L?1) times of scanning by the recording head using a second discharge port at a center side area in the array direction than the edge portion of the discharge port array are aligned in the array direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,066

IMAGE TRANSFORMATIONS BASED ON DEFECTS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system, comprising:a print engine to print a plurality of images on a medium, wherein each one of the plurality of images is printed on a respective ribbon of a plurality of ribbons on the medium, wherein each one of the plurality of ribbons comprises an elongated strip on the medium to receive a respective image that is repeated end-to-end along the elongated strip; and
a controller communicatively coupled with the print engine, the controller to:
detect a failure that results in a defect in a first image of the plurality of images in the respective ribbon of the first image while the print engine is printing the plurality of images,
perform an affine transformation on a second image in the respective ribbon of the first image in response to the failure that is detected to produce a transformed second image, wherein the controller is to perform the affine transformation of the second image by performing a 180-degree rotation of the second image that is repeated for each second image that is printed within the respective ribbon, and
instruct the print engine to print the transformed second image in the respective ribbon of the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,457,065

LIQUID CONTAINER

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A liquid container configured to be mounted to a carriage that reciprocates in an X direction, the liquid container comprising:an upper wall and a bottom wall opposed to each other in a Z direction that intersects with the X direction;
a first side wall and a second side wall opposed to each other in a Y direction that intersects with the X direction and the Z direction;
a third side wall and a fourth side wall opposed to each other in the X direction;
a liquid supply port provided in the bottom wall;
a first chamber provided on a +Z direction side that is an upper wall side in the Z direction;
a second chamber provided on a ?Z direction side that is a bottom wall side in the Z direction;
a partition wall configured to part the first chamber from the second chamber; and
a connecting hole configured to connect the first chamber with the second chamber, wherein
the second chamber is connected with the liquid supply port,
the first chamber is connected with the liquid supply port via the connecting hole and the second chamber,
the second chamber includes a return flow path that is turned back along the X direction,
a liquid contained in the first chamber is flowed from the connecting hole through the return flow path to the liquid supply port, and
the return flow path includes a first flow path in which the liquid flows from the third side wall toward the fourth side wall, and a second flow path in which the liquid flows from the fourth side wall toward the third side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,457,064

LIQUID CONSUMPTION APPARATUS HAVING CARTRIDGE, CARTRIDGE ATTACHMENT SECTION PROVIDED WITH TANK, AND CONSUMING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid consumption apparatus comprising: a first cartridge; a second cartridge; a cartridge attachment section; and a consuming device,each of the first cartridge and the second cartridge being a cartridge which comprises:
a first storage chamber storing a liquid; and
a supply portion configured to supply the liquid stored in the first storage chamber,
the cartridge attachment section comprising:
a connecting portion configured to be connected with and disconnected from the supply portion of a selected one of the first cartridge and the second cartridge; and
a tank having a second storage chamber configured to store the liquid supplied from the first storage chamber through the supply portion and the connecting portion connected with the supply portion,
the consuming device being configured to consume the liquid stored in the second storage chamber;
the supply portion of a cartridge and the connecting portion being connected together in a case where the cartridge is inserted into the cartridge attachment section in an inserting direction that is parallel to a first direction,
the supply portion of the cartridge and the connecting portion being separated from each other in a case where the cartridge is detached from the cartridge attachment section in a detaching direction that is opposite to the inserting direction,
the first cartridge comprising a wall defining both of a first base part and a first protruding part, the first protruding part protruding in the inserting direction from part of the first base part that is defined in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the first storage chamber of the first cartridge extending over insides of both of the first base part and the first protruding part,
the second cartridge comprising a wall defining at least the first base part, the first storage chamber of the second cartridge being provided in an inside of the at least the first base part,
in a case where the wall of the second cartridge defines both of the first base part and the first protruding part, the first protruding part of the second cartridge having a protruding amount smaller than that of the first protruding part of the first cartridge,
the first storage chamber of the second cartridge having an internal volume smaller than that of the first storage chamber of the first cartridge,
the tank comprising a wall defining a second base part and a second protruding part, the second protruding part protruding in the detaching direction from part of the second base part that is defined in the second direction,
wherein, in a state where the supply portion of either one of the first cartridge and the second cartridge is connected to the connecting portion,
as viewed in the first direction, the first base part is overlapped with both of the second base part and the second protruding part; and
as viewed in the second direction, the first base part is not overlapped with the second base part, and is not overlapped with the second protruding part,
wherein, in a state where the supply portion of the first cartridge is connected to the connecting portion,
as viewed in the first direction, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second base part, but is not overlapped with the second protruding part; and
as viewed in the second direction, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second protruding part, but is not overlapped with the second base part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,063

INK JET HEAD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An ink jet head comprising:a head chip including:
a plurality of nozzles that eject ink;
a plurality of pressure chambers that communicate with the respective nozzles, and store ink;
a plurality of pressure generating means that correspond to the respective pressure chambers, and apply pressure to the ink in the corresponding pressure chambers;
a plurality of discrete circulation flow paths that branch from ink flow paths extending from inlets of the pressure chambers to outlets of the nozzles, and are capable of discharging the ink in the pressure chambers; and
a common circulation flow path with which at least two of the discrete circulation flow paths communicate; and
a common supply liquid chamber that is provided on an upper surface of the head chip, and stores ink to be commonly supplied to the respective pressure chambers through a plurality of ink supply holes formed in the upper surface of the head chip;
wherein the plurality of pressure chambers are located vertically between the plurality of nozzles and the common supply liquid chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,457,062

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element board including,
first and second discharge orifice rows where discharge orifices configured to discharge liquid are arrayed,
first and second pressure chamber rows provided corresponding to the first and second discharge orifice rows, and having recording elements configured to generate energy used to discharge liquid,
a first liquid supply channel provided along the first discharge orifice row and configured to supply liquid to the first pressure chamber row and a first liquid recovery channel provided along the first discharge orifice row, separated from the first liquid supply channel, and configured to recover liquid from the first pressure chamber row,
a second liquid supply channel provided along the second discharge orifice row and configured to supply liquid to the second pressure chamber row and a second liquid recovery channel provided along the second discharge orifice row, separated from the second liquid supply channel, and configured to recover liquid from the second pressure chamber row,
wherein a direction of flow of liquid within each of the plurality of pressure chambers included in the first and second pressure chamber rows, from the liquid supply channel via the pressure chamber and to the liquid recovery channel, is the same direction
wherein the liquid discharge head executes liquid discharging while causing the liquid to circulate in one direction in an order of, the outside of the pressure chambers, the liquid supply channel, the pressure chamber, the liquid recovery channel, and the outside of the pressure chambers, during a recording process,
wherein a discharge orifice portion is provided communicating with the discharge orifices and the pressure chamber,
wherein, in a case of satisfying
H?0.34×P?0.66×W>1.7
wherein H represents a height of the pressure chamber at an upstream side from a communicating portion with the discharge orifice portion in the direction of flow of the liquid, P represents a length of the discharge orifice portion in a direction of discharge of the liquid, and W represents a length of the discharge orifice portion in the direction of flow of the liquid that corresponds to a width of the first and the second liquid supply channels, and
wherein the direction of flow of liquid flowing inside each of the first and second pressure chambers is in a x-y axis direction and is opposite a feeding direction of a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,457,061

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND PRESSURE-REGULATING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus, comprising:a liquid ejecting head which ejects a liquid from a nozzle;
a liquid supply path which is designed to supply the liquid to the liquid ejecting head;
a pressure-regulating mechanism which is designed to regulate a pressure of the liquid supplied to the liquid ejecting head, the pressure-regulating mechanism including:
an on-off valve which is provided in the liquid supply path and is configured to switch to an open state in which an upstream-side liquid supply path and a downstream-side liquid supply path communicate and switch to a closed state in which the upstream-side liquid supply path and the downstream-side liquid supply path do not communicate in a case where an upstream side of the on-off valve in the liquid supply path is the upstream-side liquid supply path and a downstream side of the on-off valve in the liquid supply path is the downstream-side liquid supply path; and
a valve opening/closing mechanism which is designed to switch the on-off valve to the open state and the closed state;
a filter provided in the upstream-side liquid supply path;
a liquid storage portion for alleviating liquid pressure fluctuations, the liquid storage portion being provided at a position closer to the on-off valve than the filter in the upstream-side liquid supply path;
a pressurizing mechanism which is designed to pressurize the liquid in the upstream-side liquid supply path;
a liquid discharge path which is designed to discharge the liquid from the liquid ejecting head, the liquid discharge path forming a liquid circulation path in cooperation with the liquid ejecting head and the liquid supply path, and
a control unit which controls driving of the valve opening/closing mechanism and the pressurizing mechanism,
wherein a pressure of the liquid supplied to the liquid ejecting head is regulated by controlling the driving of the opening/closing mechanism in a state where the liquid in the upstream-side liquid supply path is in a pressurized state by driving the pressurizing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,457,060

DROP-ON-DEMAND INKJET PRINT BAR

MOUVENT AG, Solothurn (C...

1. A print bar comprising a mounting assembly and a plurality of drop-on-demand inkjet print modules mounted to the mounting assembly, the modules comprising conduits for continuously circulating ink and each of the modules comprising:a) a drop-on-demand inkjet print head;
b) a local element for controlling the ink pressure, assigned to the print head, processing ink delivered to this print head;the print bar further comprising control circuitry assigned to the print heads of the modules for controlling the local elements of the pint heads of the plurality of print modules, for individually and locally controlling the ink pressure and ink release by the print heads.

US Pat. No. 10,457,058

LIQUID SUPPLY VALVE, FLOW CHANNEL SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF USING LIQUID SUPPLY VALVE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus, comprising:a liquid ejecting head;
a first flow channel in which liquid is flowed to the liquid ejecting head;
a second flow channel in which liquid is flowed from a liquid container; and
a liquid supply valve in which a first connection port and a second connection port are provided, the first connection port connecting with the first flow channel, and the second connection port connecting with the second flow channel;
wherein the liquid supply valve is formed so as to be able to (i) be in a first state in which the first connection port and the second connection port communicate with each other, in a case where the liquid is supplied to the liquid ejecting head from the liquid container, (ii) be in a second state in which the first connection port and the second connection port are disconnected, in a case where the liquid supply valve attaches to the liquid ejecting head or detaches from the liquid ejecting head, and (iii) be in a third state in which the first connection port and the second connection port are disconnected, and the first connection port and an air release port communicate with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,057

METHOD FOR DRY SHIPMENT OF PRINTHEADS

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. A method of preparing a printhead for dry shipment comprising the steps of:treating an ink pathway in the printhead with an aqueous treatment fluid comprising at least one ink-soluble solvent having a boiling point of at least 150 degrees; and
drying the printhead so as to leave a film of liquid solvent on a surface of the ink pathway, the film of liquid solvent solubilizing organic materials leached or volatilized from the printhead during dry storage or shipment.

US Pat. No. 10,457,056

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a mounting portion on which a liquid container capable of accommodating liquid is mounted in a detachable manner; and
a liquid ejecting head configured to eject the liquid which is supplied from the liquid container,
wherein the mounting portion has a locking portion capable of locking the liquid container, a movement path extending toward the locking portion, and a first pressing portion and a second pressing portion capable of pressing the liquid container in a direction in which the liquid container is away from the locking portion,
wherein the second pressing portion presses the liquid container on the movement path on which the liquid container is away from the locking portion, and the second pressing portion and the first pressing portion press the liquid container when the liquid container is locked by the locking portion, and
wherein the second pressing portion is located midway in the movement path and the first pressing portion is located closer to a terminating end in the movement path than the second pressing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,055

REPLACEABLE CARTRIDGE WITH LID MANIFOLD

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A replaceable cartridge for user-installation in a printer system, comprising:a cartridge body;
a cartridge lid covering the cartridge body, wherein the cartridge lid comprises a lid aperture to supply printing fluid into the cartridge body; and
a lid manifold mounted to an upper surface of the cartridge lid without covering an entirety of the upper surface of the cartridge lid, wherein the lid manifold is a separate structure from the cartridge lid, wherein the lid manifold comprises a lid manifold input port protruding substantially perpendicular from an upper surface of the lid manifold, and wherein the lid manifold input port is to be fluidly connected to and disconnected from a carriage manifold port of the printer system, a lid manifold output opening fluidly connected to the lid aperture, and a channel fluidly connecting the lid manifold input port and the lid manifold output opening.

US Pat. No. 10,457,054

PREVENTING DETERIORATION IN AESTHETIC APPEARANCE OF A PRINTED RESULT WITHOUT REDUCTION OF PRINTING SPEED

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a printing processing program for executing steps on a computing device, said computing device included in an operating terminal for operating a printer comprising a thermal line head that includes a plurality of heat generation elements and is configured to form dots on respective print lines divided by print resolution on a fed print-receiving medium, and an energizing device configured to selectively control drive of said plurality of heat generation elements according to print data,said steps comprising:
a dot pattern generation step for generating a binarized dot pattern including on-dots to be printed and off dots not to be printed corresponding to said print data;
a line specification step for determining whether or not an on-dot ratio represented by the number of on-dots/(the number of on-dots+the number of off-dots), or the number of on-dots, is equal to or greater than a threshold value for each print line in said binarized dot pattern generated in said dot pattern generation step, and for specifying at least one print lines equal to or greater than said threshold value;
a labeling step for separately identifying a plurality of dot groups such that the on-dots adjacent to each other form one dot group in said binarized dot pattern generated in said dot pattern generation step;
a dot group specification step for specifying at least one first dot groups including said at least one print lines specified in said line specification step among the plurality of groups identified in said labeling step; and
a density reduction process step for executing a predetermined density reduction process of making a density at the time of print formation of said on-dots included in said first dot groups specified in said dot group specification step lower than a density at the time of print formation of said on-dots included in at least one second dot groups other than the first dot groups.

US Pat. No. 10,457,053

INK JET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An ink jet printer comprising:a first ink head including a plurality of first nozzles arranged in a first direction and a first nozzle surface on which the first nozzles are disposed;
a second ink head disposed at a side of the first ink head in a second direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the first direction, the second ink head including a plurality of second nozzles arranged in the first direction and a second nozzle surface on which the second nozzles are disposed, a portion of the second nozzles being disposed at a position identical to a portion of the first nozzles in the first direction, the second ink head being shifted from the first ink head in the first direction;
a third ink head disposed at a side of the second ink head opposite to the first ink head in the second direction and at a position identical to a position of the first ink head in the first direction, the third ink head including a plurality of third nozzles arranged in the first direction and a third nozzle surface on which the third nozzles are disposed, the third nozzles being disposed at a position identical to a position of the first nozzles in the first direction;
a fourth ink head disposed at a side of the third ink head opposite to the second ink head in the second direction and at a position identical to a position of the second ink head in the first direction, the fourth ink head including a plurality of fourth nozzles arranged in the first direction and a fourth nozzle surface on which the fourth nozzles are disposed, a portion of the fourth nozzles being disposed at a position identical to the position of the second nozzles in the first direction;
a first wiper that extends in the first direction and wipes the first nozzle surface and the third nozzle surface, and does not wipe the second nozzle surface and the fourth nozzle surface, at a predetermined first position;
a second wiper that extends in the first direction, is disposed at a side of the first wiper in the second direction and is disposed partially at a position identical to a position of the first wiper in the first direction, pivots to an angle identical to an angle of the first wiper and wipes the second nozzle surface and the fourth nozzle surface, and does not wipe the first nozzle surface and the third nozzle surface, at a predetermined second position;
a cleaner that supplies a cleaning solution to the first wiper at a predetermined third position and supplies the cleaning solution to the second wiper at a predetermined fourth position at an identical time;
a remover that removes the cleaning solution remaining on the first wiper at a predetermined fifth position and removes the cleaning solution remaining on the second wiper at a predetermined sixth position at an identical time;
a first driver that moves the first wiper to the first position, the third position, and the fifth position; and
a second driver that moves the second wiper to the second position, the fourth position, and the sixth position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,052

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a plurality of head arrays each including a plurality of liquid discharge heads to discharge a liquid from nozzles onto a medium;
a drum to rotate and convey the medium to a position facing the plurality of head arrays; and
a wiper to wipe the plurality of liquid discharge heads;
wherein each of the plurality of head arrays includes at least two lines of the plurality of liquid discharge heads spaced over a circumferential portion of the drum, and the plurality of liquid discharge heads are inclined at different angles in each of the two lines, and
the wiper includes a web having a width to cover the two lines of the plurality of liquid discharge heads, and the web includes a plurality of wiping surfaces
inclined at the different angles in accordance with the two lines of the plurality of liquid discharge heads.

US Pat. No. 10,457,051

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:a scanner;
a printing unit; and
a controller configured to:
receive a copy instruction including an operation mode information;
cause the scanner to read an image formed on an original based on the operation mode information in response to reception of the copy instruction;
generate image data representing the read image;
determine a standby period based on the operation mode information;
execute a pre-print process in response to an elapse of the determined standby period from the reception of the copy instruction; and
cause the printing unit to print an image based on the image data after completion of the pre-print process.

US Pat. No. 10,457,050

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a recording head having a plurality of nozzles through which an ink composition containing an inorganic pigment is ejected, a nozzle surface having nozzle orifices, and a liquid-repellent film disposed on the nozzle surface;
an absorbing member that absorbs the ink composition containing the inorganic pigment from the nozzle orifices and the nozzle surface;
an actuating mechanism including a pressing member that presses the absorbing member and the nozzle surface relative to each other; and
an elastic member that covers the pressing member and that has a Shore A hardness of 10 to 60,
wherein
the actuating mechanism moves at least one of the absorbing member and the recording head relative to the other to perform a cleaning operation in which the ink composition is removed from the nozzle surface with the absorbing member,
the absorbing member contains an impregnation liquid during the cleaning operation, and
the inorganic pigment is present in the ink composition in an amount of 20% by mass or less and has a Mohs hardness of more than 2.0 and an average particle size of 200 nm or more, and
the pressing member presses the absorbing member containing the impregnation liquid against the nozzle surface with a force of 50 to 500 gf.

US Pat. No. 10,457,049

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a substrate, a flow channel member overlying the substrate and defining a flow channel through which a liquid flows, an ejection opening member overlying the flow channel member and defining an ejection opening through which the liquid is ejected, and an intermediate layer between the substrate and the flow channel member, the method comprising:forming the intermediate layer over the substrate;
forming a first photosensitive resin layer over the intermediate layer;
selectively exposing the first photosensitive resin layer to light, thereby curing the portion of the first photosensitive resin layer defining the flow channel member;
forming a second photosensitive resin layer over the first photosensitive resin layer;
selectively exposing the second photosensitive resin layer to light, thereby curing the portion of the second photosensitive resin layer defining the ejection opening member; and
removing the unexposed portions of the first and the second photosensitive resin layer at one time with a developer;
wherein before the removing with the developer, water absorption W of intermediate layer, water absorption W1 of the exposed portion of the first photosensitive resin layer, and water absorption W2 of the exposed portion of the second photosensitive resin layer satisfy the relationship: W?W1 >W2,
wherein the first photosensitive resin layer and the second photosensitive resin layer are exposed to light having the same wavelength, and
wherein the second photosensitive resin layer is more sensitive to the same wavelength than the first photosensitive resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,048

INK JET PRINTHEAD

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printhead, comprising:a single resistor window in a conducting layer within the printhead; and
a plurality of resistors formed in a resistor film deposited over the single resistor window, each resistor corresponding to a nozzle from which droplets are ejected,
wherein:
the plurality of resistors have two different widths;
each of the two different widths is to eject a different droplet size when energized; and
the single resistor window comprises an alternating width to give alternating shorter resistors and longer resistors, wherein the shorter resistors are narrower than the longer resistors.

US Pat. No. 10,457,047

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING A PLURALITY OF INKJET PRINT MODULES

MOUVENT AG, Solothurn (C...

1. Mounting assembly for mounting a plurality of inkjet print modules in an adjoining relationship along a longitudinal direction of the mounting assembly, comprisinga) a linear guide extending in the longitudinal direction for supporting the plurality of modules such that the modules are movable along the linear guide;
b) for each of the plurality of modules a carrier for mounting an inkjet print head including an array of nozzles formed on a nozzle face on a nozzle face side of the print module, wherein the carriers are supported on the linear guide such that they are movable along the linear guide;
c) wherein at least one of the carriers comprises a first adjustment mechanism for adjusting a distance of the carriers of two adjoining modules of the plurality of modules, the first adjustment mechanism comprising a first control member having an operating section for mechanically cooperating with a tool for adjusting the distance;
d) wherein at least one of the carriers further comprises a second adjustment mechanism for adjusting an angle position of the inkjet print head mounted to the carrier with respect to an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the second adjustment mechanism comprising a second control member having an operating section for mechanically cooperating with a tool for adjusting the angle position;
wherein the operating sections of the control members of the first and of the second adjustment mechanism are accessible from the nozzle face side of the print module.

US Pat. No. 10,457,046

NOZZLE SUBSTRATE, INK-JET PRINT HEAD, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING NOZZLE SUBSTRATE

ROHM CO., LTD., Kyoto (J...

1. A nozzle substrate, comprising:a main substrate including a first surface and a second surface;
an adhesion layer formed on the second surface of the main substrate; and
a water repellent film formed on a surface of the adhesion layer, wherein:
the surface of the adhesion layer is at an opposite side to a main substrate side of the adhesion layer,
the nozzle substrate includes a nozzle hole that penetrates in a thickness direction of the nozzle substrate,
the nozzle hole includes a recessed part formed on the first surface of the main substrate, and an ink ejecting path formed on a bottom surface of the recessed part and penetrating a bottom wall of the recessed part,
the ink ejecting path includes a first ink ejecting path penetrating the bottom wall of the recessed part of the main substrate, a second ink ejecting path connected to the first ink ejecting path and penetrating the adhesion layer, and a third ink ejecting path connected to the second ink ejecting path and penetrating the water repellent film,
a transverse sectional area of the third ink ejecting path is approximately equal to a transverse sectional area of the first ink ejecting path,
an inner circumference surface of the third ink ejecting path is approximately perpendicular to the second surface of the main substrate, and
the inner circumference surface of the third ink ejecting path formed on the water repellent film is, in a plan view, depressed to an outside with respect to an inner circumference surface of the first ink ejecting path formed on the main substrate, and a depression amount thereof is equal to or less than 1.5 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,457,045

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS HAVING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENTS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:a plurality of piezoelectric elements disposed on an element-disposed surface of a flow-passage defining member so as to be arranged in a first direction;
a protective cover disposed on the element-disposed surface so as to cover the plurality of piezoelectric elements and including a top wall portion opposed to the plurality of piezoelectric elements and two side wall portions connected respectively to opposite end portions of the top wall portion in a second direction parallel to the element-disposed surface and orthogonal to the first direction;
a plurality of wires drawn respectively from the plurality of piezoelectric elements to an outside of the protective cover in the second direction and extending on an outer surface of the top wall portion of the protective cover, the plurality of wires comprising (a) a plurality of first wires extending toward a first side of the protective cover in the second direction and (b) a plurality of second wires extending toward a second side, opposite to the first side of the protective cover in the second direction, the plurality of first wires comprising a plurality of lower portions extending on the element-disposed surface of the flow-passage defining member and a plurality of upper portions extending on the outer surface of the top portion of the protective cover;
a plurality of terminals disposed on the outer surface of the top wall portion and connected respectively to the plurality of wires; and
a driver electrically connected to the plurality of terminals,
wherein a distance in the first direction between two of the plurality of upper portions of two of the plurality of first wires is larger than a distance in the first direction between two of the plurality of lower portions of the two of the plurality of first wires.

US Pat. No. 10,457,044

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a plurality of recording element substrates each having an energy generating element configured to generate energy for discharging liquid from a discharge port; and
a sealing member with which a surround of each of the plurality of recording element substrates is filled,
wherein each of the plurality of recording element substrates includes a recessed portion on an end surface that faces a neighboring recording element substrate, and in the recessed portion, a gap between neighboring recording element substrates is wider than a gap between element surfaces on which the energy generating element is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,457,043

PIEZOELECTRIC PRINT HEAD AND PIEZOELECTRIC INK JET PRINTER

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A piezoelectric print head, comprising:a piezoelectric element;
a nozzle that ejects liquid when the piezoelectric element is driven;
a switch that switches between supply and non-supply of a driving signal for driving the piezoelectric element to the piezoelectric element;
a history-information memory that holds history information indicating history of ON or OFF of the switch; and
a switch-operation stop controller that stops a switch operation that causes the switch to be turned OFF from ON or to be turned ON from OFF, in accordance with the history information.

US Pat. No. 10,457,042

INKJET HEAD AND INKJET DEVICE USING SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An inkjet head, comprising:(i) multiple discharge units, each including
a nozzle that discharge a liquid droplet,
a first pressure chamber that is connected to the nozzle,
a supply-side second pressure chamber and a discharge-side pressure chamber that are connected to the first pressure chamber,
a supply-side third pressure chamber that is connected to the supply-side second pressure chamber,
a discharge-side third pressure chamber that is connected to the discharge-side second pressure chamber,
an energy-generating element that imparts a discharge force to a liquid inside the first pressure chamber,
a supply-side first throttle part that is provided between the first pressure chamber and the supply-side second pressure chamber,
a discharge-side first throttle part that is provided between the first pressure chamber and the discharge-side second pressure chamber,
a supply-side second throttle part that is provided between the supply-side second pressure chamber and the supply-side third pressure chamber, and
a discharge-side second throttle part that is provided between the discharge-side second pressure chamber and the discharge-side third pressure chamber;
(ii) a supply-side common flow channel that connects the supply-side third pressure chambers in the respective multiple discharge units; and
(iii) a discharge-side common flow channel that connects the discharge-side third pressure chambers in the respective multiple discharge units.

US Pat. No. 10,457,041

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a discharge device including a piezoelectric element, the discharge device being configured to discharge a liquid by applying a first driving signal to the piezoelectric element; and
a first driving circuit which outputs the first driving signal,
wherein the first driving circuit includes;
a first output node configured to output the first driving signal;
a first transistor pair which includes a first transistor and a second transistor which are connected to each other in series between a first power source voltage supply line for supplying a first power source voltage and a second power source voltage supply line for supplying a second power source voltage that is higher than the first power source voltage;
a second transistor pair which includes a third transistor and a fourth transistor which are connected to each other in series between the second power source voltage supply line and a third power source voltage supply line for supplying a third power source voltage that is higher than the second power source voltage;
a first gate driver to which the first power source voltage and the second power source voltage are supplied and which generates a first control signal that controls a switching operation of the first transistor pair;
a second gate driver to which the second power source voltage and the third power source voltage are supplied and which generates a second control signal that controls a switching operation of the second transistor pair; and
a first control circuit which controls the first gate driver and the second gate driver based on a first input signal,
wherein an output end of the first transistor pair and an output end of the second transistor pair are connected to the first output node,
wherein at least a part of the first gate driver, at least a part of the second gate driver, and at least a part of the first control circuit are integrated in an integrated circuit device,
wherein the integrated circuit device includes a first power source terminal to which the first power source voltage is supplied, a second power source terminal to which the second power source voltage is supplied, a third power source terminal to which the third power source voltage is supplied, and a first input terminal to which the first input signal is input,
wherein the first power source terminal is spaced away from the first input terminal by a first linear distance, the second power source terminal is spaced away from the first input terminal by a second linear distance, and the third power source terminal is spaced away from the first input terminal by a third linear distance, and
the first linear distance is shorter than the second linear distance, and the second linear distance is shorter than the third linear distance.

US Pat. No. 10,457,040

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING AN ARRAY OF INKJET PRINT ELEMENTS

1. An electronic circuit for driving an inkjet print element in an array of print elements with an electric waveform, the inkjet print element comprising a piezo transducer for converting the electric waveform in a mechanical displacement, the electric waveform being tunable for an individual print element, the electronic circuit comprising:a common waveform generator connected to the piezo transducer through a first print data dependent switch for providing a common electric waveform, independent of the inkjet print element; and
a waveform tuning part, dependent on the print element and the print data, for controlling a second switch that adds electric energy from a fixed voltage source to the common electric waveform,
wherein the first and second switches are operable in either a saturation state or a blocking state to limit an amount of dissipation in the first and second switches.

US Pat. No. 10,457,039

PRINTHEAD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead including a plurality of print elements, a drive circuit configured to drive the plurality of print elements, a logic circuit configured to receive input data for driving the plurality of print elements in synchronism with a clock, and a detection circuit configured to detect whether the input data input to the logic circuit includes an error and output a result of the detection;
an output unit configured to output the data to the printhead in synchronism with the clock;
an input unit configured to input a result detected in the detection circuit of the printhead and output from the printhead;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust the clock based on the result detected in the detection circuit of the printhead input by the input unit; and
a control unit configured to control the output by the output unit by using the clock adjusted by the adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,038

INK JET PRINTER PROVIDED WITH MOVABLE SHUTTLE

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printer comprising:a shuttle including an inkjet head and a main scanning driver configured to move the inkjet head in a main scanning direction;
a sub-scanning driver configured to move the shuttle in a sub-scanning direction; and
a controller configured to control the inkjet head, the main scanning driver, and the sub-scanning driver and alternately repeat a first operation and a second operation to form an image on a print medium, the first operation being an operation of driving the inkjet head to eject ink from the inkjet head to the print medium while driving the main scanning driver to move the inkjet head in the main scanning direction, the second operation being an operation of driving the sub-scanning driver to move the shuttle in the sub-scanning direction, wherein
the controller is configured to
perform a multi-stage brake control to stop the shuttle in the second operation, and
in a second stage and a stage after the second stage of the multi-stage brake control, apply brake to the shuttle at such a timing that a direction of vibration of the shuttle and a direction of force of inertia of the shuttle in braking of the shuttle are opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,037

3-D PRINTING APPARATUS

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. A three-dimensional (3-D) printing apparatus, comprising:a tank, being flexible and filled with a liquid-state forming material;
a platform, disposed in the tank;
a fixture, disposed at the tank;
a solidifying module, disposed at the tank; and
a control module, connected with the solidifying module and the fixture, and connected with at least one of the platform and the tank to drive the tank and the platform to move relatively to one another,
wherein the control module drives the fixture to deform the tank, so as to form a first gap between the platform and a bottom of the tank for the liquid-state forming material to flow in, and the solidifying module is controlled by the control module to solidify the liquid-state forming material between the platform and the bottom of the tank to form a solidified layer,
wherein the tank comprises a side wall connected with the bottom, the fixture is disposed at an upper portion of the side wall, and the control module controls the fixture to apply force to the side wall from an exterior or an interior of the tank to deform the tank, the side wall is bended toward a center of the bottom of the tank, and the bottom is deformed into a concave shape for forming the first gap.

US Pat. No. 10,457,036

METHODS FOR COMPENSATING FOR THERMAL EXPANSION DURING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Thermwood Corporation, D...

1. An additive manufacturing method, comprising:forming a part using additive manufacturing;
measuring a first size of the part at a first temperature;
bringing the part to a second temperature, different than the first temperature;
measuring a second size of the part at the second temperature;
comparing the first size to the second size to calculate a coefficient of thermal expansion;
bringing the part to the first temperature; and
trimming the part using a tool path that compensates for the coefficient of thermal expansion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,035

APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS FOR NET SHAPE MANUFACTURING

General Electric Company,...

15. A system comprising:an excitation energy source defining an optical axis;
a powdered material source;
a shielding gas source; and
a nozzle assembly coupled to said excitation energy source and in communication with said powdered material source and said shielding gas source, said nozzle assembly comprising:
a body component;
an energy beam channel defined through said body component and substantially collinear with the optical axis, said energy beam channel comprising an outlet portion oriented to pass an energy beam emitted by said excitation energy source therethrough;
at least one side-feeding powder tube extending through said body component for discharging a powdered material received from said powdered material source into a focus point of the energy beam, said at least one side-feeding powder tube oriented at an angle with respect to the optical axis, wherein said angle is selected to generate a powder concentration spot diameter that is about twice a beam focus point diameter of the energy beam focus point; and
a gas-covering shroud coupled to said body component, said gas-covering shroud comprising a porous end wall coupled to a lower end portion of said gas-covering shroud and adjacent to said energy beam channel outlet portion, said porous end wall configured to pass a shielding gas received from said shielding gas source therethrough and to generate a substantially homogeneous flow of shielding gas surrounding the energy beam.

US Pat. No. 10,457,034

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DECREASING TIME FOR PRINTING LAYERS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS AND FOR ENHANCING COLOR FIDELITY AT THE SURFACE OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A system comprising:a first plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a first material having a first color;
a second plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a second material having a second color, the first color being different than the second color;
a third plurality of ejectors configured to eject drops of a third material having a third color, the third color being different than the second color and the first color;
at least one actuator operatively connected to the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors; and
a controller operatively connected to the at least one actuator, the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors, the controller being configured to:
identify an average number of material drops per voxel for each material in each layer of an object to be manufactured;
convert image data for the object to material drop data for each voxel of each layer to identify a number of material drops for the first material, a number of material drops for the second material, and a number of material drops for the third material in each voxel of each layer, the conversion to the material drop data being performed using a first function of (1) a distance between each voxel in each layer and a closest surface of the object, (2) a sum of the average number of first material drops per voxel in each layer, the average number of second material drops per voxel in each layer, and the average number of third material drops per voxel in each layer, and (3) a target value for the sum of the average number of first material drops, the average number of the second material drops, and the average number of the third material drops per voxel in each layer; and
operate the first plurality of ejectors, the second plurality of ejectors, and the third plurality of ejectors using the converted material drop data to eject a number of drops of the first material, a number of drops of the second material, and a number of drops of the third material identified by the converted material drop data to form the voxels of each layer of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,457,033

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE PARTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for additively manufacturing a composite part, the system comprising:a feedstock source comprising a plurality of pre-consolidated tows, wherein each pre-consolidated tow comprises a fiber tow within a non-liquid binding matrix;
a tow combiner positioned to receive at least a subset of the plurality of pre-consolidated tows from the feedstock source, and wherein the tow combiner is configured to combine the subset of the plurality of pre-consolidated tows to define a macro tow, wherein the tow combiner is configured to selectively and actively alter a shape of a cross-sectional profile of the macro tow along a length of the macro tow as the subset of the plurality of pre-consolidated tows is being combined to create the macro tow; and
a feed mechanism configured to selectively start and stop movement of a selection of the plurality of pre-consolidated tows from the feedstock source and into the tow combiner to actively alter the shape of the cross-sectional profile of the macro tow along the length of the macro tow as the macro tow is being created, and wherein the feed mechanism is further configured to move the macro tow from the tow combiner.

US Pat. No. 10,457,032

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SEPARATING A PLURALITY OF DIRECTED SELF-ASSEMBLED DIAMAGNETIC COMPONENTS

SelfArray, Inc., Troy, N...

1. A method for separating a plurality of diamagnetic components, the method comprising:contacting a release substrate to the plurality of diamagnetic components, the plurality of diamagnetic components including a non-diamagnetic component affixed to a diamagnetic portion by a first adhesive; and
removing the release substrate, the non-diamagnetic component being affixed to a final substrate by a second adhesive and the release substrate being affixed to the diamagnetic portion by a third adhesive, and wherein the removing removes the diamagnetic portion and at least a portion of the first adhesive from the non-diamagnetic component.

US Pat. No. 10,457,031

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR MAGNETIC SURFACE COVERINGS

Golconda Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an underlay comprising:blending a binding compound, the binding compound comprising a plasticizer and a magnetizable metallic compound;
heating the binding compound to a semi-solid state;
unrolling and stretching a scrim layer;
continuously extruding the binding compound over the stretched scrim layer;
spreading the extruded binding compound evenly over the stretched scrim layer;
heating the binding compound and scrim layer as the binding compound and scrim layer pass through a heating element to set the binding compound into a solid state and form a combined binding compound and scrim layer;
and pressing a vapor barrier layer onto the combined binding compound and scrim layer to combine the vapor barrier layer with the combined binding compound and scrim layer to form the underlay.

US Pat. No. 10,457,030

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BAMBOO FRAMEWORK BODY

1. A method for manufacturing a bamboo framework body, comprising the steps of bending a bamboo board into a U-shaped board, cutting the U-shaped board into several U-shaped units, and finally arranging a connecting rod at or close to an opening of the U-shaped unit to make into a bamboo framework body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,029

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. An apparatus for manufacturing a display apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a support;
a first stage arranged on the support, the first stage being configured to move linearly and to receive a film member thereon;
a second stage spaced apart from the first stage, and arranged on the support, the second stage being configured to move linearly and to receive a display panel thereon;
an adhesive belt spaced from the support, the adhesive belt being configured to selectively adhere to the film member;
a tension maintenance portion arranged on the support, the tension maintenance portion being configured to ascend and descend and to maintain a tension of the adhesive belt; and
a pressing portion under the tension maintenance portion, the pressing portion being configured to move linearly and to press the adhesive belt toward one of the first stage and the second stage.

US Pat. No. 10,457,028

LAMINATING APPARATUS AND LAMINATING METHOD

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method of laminating an adhesive film on a convex surface of a curved or bent cover window, which has a single convex surface, a first flat plane on a first side of the convex surface, and a second flat plane on a second side of the convex surface and coupled to the first flat plane by the convex surface, by using a laminating apparatus, the method comprising:seating the cover window on a first frame such that the first flat plane of the cover window contacts a first plate of the first frame, and the second flat plane of the cover window contacts a second plate of the first frame;
seating a portion of the adhesive film above the first plate of the first frame;
moving a roller portion along a second frame guiding rotation of the first plate at an outer periphery of the first plate to contact with an upper portion of the first plate;
rotating the first frame about a rotation shaft while the second frame is fixed; and
moving the roller portion along the second frame to contact with an upper portion of the second plate of the first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,457,027

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING COMPOSITE BUILDING BOARDS USING THERMOPLASTIC FILMS

CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc.,...

1. A system for manufacturing building boards along a production line, the system comprising:a roll of a first glass mat, the first mat having interior and exterior surfaces;
a coating apparatus and a supply of a hot melt thermoplastic, the coating apparatus being configured to apply a thin layer of the hot melt thermoplastic on the exterior surface of the first glass mat;
guide rollers for inverting the first glass mat after the application of the hot melt thermoplastic, the guide rollers configured to allow the applied thermoplastic coating to partially cool;
a series of forming tables positioned downstream of the coating apparatus, the guide rollers configured to deliver the first mat with the thermoplastic coating to a forming table, wherein the adhered thermoplastic coating faces the forming table and the interior surface of the first mat is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,026

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING COMPOSITE SHEETS USING MULTIPLE LAMINATION

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe...

1. A device for producing a strip-shaped composite sheet that includes a plastic film disposed between two outer metal cover sheets, the device comprising:a first laminating device for laminating the plastic film between the two outer metal cover sheets, wherein the first laminating device includes two laminating rolls forming a first laminating gap;
a first heating zone positioned downstream of the first laminating gap, the first heating zone including heating means for heating the plastic layer film and the two outer metal cover sheets after a first laminating step in the first laminating gap to a laminating temperature;
a second laminating device positioned downstream of the first heating zone, wherein the second laminating device includes two laminating rolls forming a second laminating gap; and
a cooling zone positioned downstream of the second laminating gap.

US Pat. No. 10,457,025

SHEET

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

3. A sheet, wherein a surface of the sheet has an arithmetic average roughness Ra (JIS B0633: 2001) of 0.7 ?m or less, and the reflectance at a detection angle equal to a regular reflection angle ±5°, measured by a variable angle photometer when the surface is irradiated with incident light at an incident angle of 75°, is 50% or less of the reflectance at the regular reflection angle, wherein the sheet is a decorative sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,457,024

COMPOSITE MATERIAL WITH COATING MATERIAL

MEHLER TEXNOLOGIES GMBH, ...

1. A composite material comprising a carrier material, wherein:the carrier material is coated on a first surface with a first coating material and on a second surface with a second coating material,
the composite material has links of coating material which run from the first surface of the carrier material to the second surface of the carrier material,
a starting area of the links, which starts from the first surface of the carrier material, accounts for 1% to 70% of the area of the first surface, and
45 to 95% of the first surface of the carrier material is coated by the first coating material, and/or 45 to 95% of the second surface of the carrier material is coated by the second coating material.

US Pat. No. 10,457,023

BI-AXIALLY STRETCHED ARTICLE AND SILAGE FILM

SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CO...

1. A biaxially stretched article obtained by stretching a thermoplastic composition in a machine direction and a transverse direction at elevated temperature, said thermoplastic composition comprising:a polyolefin phase containing a polyolefin,
a starch phase containing thermoplastic starch,
compatibiliser selected from the group consisting of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymers, block saponified polyvinyl acetate and random terpolymers of ethylene, butylacrylate and maleic anhydride,
wherein the total of the polyolefin, the thermoplastic starch and the compatibiliser is more than 80 wt % of the weight of the thermoplastic composition; and
wherein the article has a layered morphology with alternating layers of starch phase and polyolefin phase, said layers of starch phase and polyolefin phase extending in machine direction and transverse direction;
wherein the thermoplastic composition comprises
from 10-70 wt % of the polyolefin
from 10-70 wt % of the thermoplastic starch
from 5-40 wt % of the compatibiliserthe weight percentages being based on the weight of the thermoplastic composition; andwherein the thermoplastic starch comprises borax at a concentration of 0.5 wt % to 8 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,457,021

BIO RESIN PAPERBOARD CONTAINERS AND CARTONS

1. A bio resin laminated paperboard (BLP) device comprising:a sheet of paperboard having a first side and a second side opposite the first side:
a first layer of bio resin laminated on the first side of the paperboard; and
a second layer of bio resin laminated on the second side of the paperboard,
wherein the bio resin of the first layer of bio resin or the second layer of bio resin, or both, is selected from the group consisting of:
poly (ethylene 2, 5-furandicarboxylate) (PEF);
poly (butylene 2, 5-furandicarboxylate) (PBF);
poly (tri methylene furandicarboxylate) (PTF); and
poly (propylene 2, 5-furandicarboxylate) (PPF).

US Pat. No. 10,457,020

CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE TURBINE BLADE SQUEALER TIP WITH FLARE

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of forming a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) turbine blade having a squealer tip comprising:forming a plurality of two dimensional ply shapes formed of pre-preg tape;
laying out a first amount of the plurality of two dimensional ply shapes with a cavity of a tool to form the turbine blade;
inserting a mandrel in the tool to form a squealer tip cavity and a tip flare on at least one of a pressure side or a suction side of the blade;
laying out a second amount of the plurality of two dimensional ply shapes formed of pre-preg tape;
closing the tool; and,
inserting the tool in an autoclave to form the turbine blade.

US Pat. No. 10,457,019

LIGHT WEIGHT COMPOSITE MATERIAL SYSTEMS, POLYMERIC MATERIALS, AND METHODS

PRODUCTIVE RESEARCH LLC, ...

1. An automotive part comprising:a light weight composite material including a first metallic layer, a second metallic layer and a polymeric sheet of a filled polymeric material interposed between the first metallic layer and the second metallic layer, wherein the filled polymeric materials comprises:
i. one or more polymers including a polyolefin polymer having a crystallinity of about 20 wt. % to about 80 wt. % as measured using differential scanning calorimetry and a melting point greater than about 100° C., as measured according to ASTM D3418-08; and
ii. a metallic filler;
wherein the automotive part has a coated face surface; and
an edge of the light weight composite material is sealed or includes a coating or a protective layer attached to the filled polymeric material;
the sheet is an extruded sheet having a thickness;
the metallic filler includes greater than 5 volume percent and less than 25 volume percent based on the total volume of the filled polymeric material of a mass of metallic fibers distributed within the polymer the mass spanning a thickness of the extruded sheet and including ribbon fibers having a weight average length greater than about 200 ?m and less than about 25 mm;
the ribbon fibers have a width and a thickness, wherein the ratio of the width to the thickness of the ribbon fibers is about 3 or more;
the one or more polymers includes a second polymer, wherein the weight ratio of the second polymer to the polyolefin polymer is about 3:97 or more and about 40:60 or less; and
wherein the one or more polymers has a drop impact performance of about 100 g or more as measured according to ASTM D1790A at a thickness of 2 mil.

US Pat. No. 10,457,018

DECORATIVE AND/OR SECURE ELEMENT FOR HOMOGENEOUS CARD CONSTRUCTION

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A laminate sheet, comprising:a base film formed from one or more of a recyclable, biodegradable, degradable, and compostable material, the base film having a first side facing in a first direction;
a metal or reflective film layer disposed over the first side of the base film;
a heat resistant layer disposed over the metal or reflective film in the first direction;
an emboss coat disposed directly over the base film and between the base film and the metal or reflective film layer, the emboss coat embossed to produce metallic or holographic images; and
a substrate disposed over the heat resistant layer in the first direction,
wherein the base film and substrate are positioned as respective outermost layers on opposite sides of the laminate.

US Pat. No. 10,457,017

METHOD OF FORMING A LAYERED COMPOSITE ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A composite fiber layer that couples to another composite fiber layer, the composite fiber layer comprising:a main body including a plurality of composite fibers; and
a plurality of layer-securing pins secured to the main body, wherein the plurality of layer-securing pins are separate and distinct from one another, wherein the plurality of layer-securing pins are configured to mechanically connect the main body to the other composite fiber layer, wherein each of the plurality of layer-securing pins comprises:
an annular ring; and
a plurality of legs extending from the annular ring, wherein the annular ring is exposed through an outer surface of the main body, and wherein the plurality of legs extend into the main body, wherein the annular ring adhesively bonds via curing to another annular ring of the other composite fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,016

DIFFERENTIAL NEEDLING OF A CARBON FIBER PREFORM

Honeywell International I...

1. A preform for making a carbon-carbon composite comprising:a plurality of layers comprising carbon fibers or carbon-precursor fibers, wherein the plurality of layers are stacked along a central axis to form a stack, wherein the plurality of layers comprise a first exterior layer defining a first major surface of the preform, a second exterior layer defining a second major surface of the preform opposite the first major surface, and at least one interior layer disposed between the first exterior layer and the second exterior layer, the at least one interior layer comprising a peripheral region that forms a portion of an outer surface of the preform; and
a plurality of needled fibers, wherein at least some needled fibers of the plurality of needled fibers extend through two or more layers of the plurality of layers;
wherein the preform has an exterior region and a core region, wherein the exterior region comprises the first exterior layer, the second exterior layer, and the peripheral region of the at least one interior layer;
wherein the core region includes a first composite diameter region that forms an outer diameter of the core region as measured from the central axis, a second composite diameter region that forms an inner diameter of the core region as measured from the central axis, a central region that lies radially between first composite diameter region and second composite diameter region, a first intermediate region that lies radially between the central region and the first composite diameter region, and a second intermediate region that lies radially between the central region and the second composite diameter region,
wherein the plurality of needled fibers define a first needled fiber number density (NFND) in the exterior region, a second NFND in the first composite diameter region, a third NFND in the second composite diameter region, a fourth NFND in the central region, a fifth NFND in the first intermediate region, and a sixth NFND in the second intermediate region,
wherein the second NFND, third NFND, fourth NFND, fifth NFND, and sixth NFND are each greater than the first NFND, and
wherein the fourth NFND is greater than at least one the fifth NFND or the sixth NFND.

US Pat. No. 10,457,015

MESH MATERIAL FOR FLEXIBLE STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF FABRICATING SAME

Tru-View LLC, Wichita, K...

1. A method of fabricating a hunting blind, the method comprising:weaving polyester yarn into a mesh fabric having a plurality of apertures;
coating both sides of the mesh fabric with acrylic;
drying the acrylic-coated fabric;
coating both sides of the acrylic-coated fabric with a mixture of silicone and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA);
drying the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric;
printing a camouflage pattern on a first side of the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric and printing a dark color on a second side of the acrylic-coated and silicone/EVA-coated fabric with a heat transfer printing process;
cutting the printed fabric into a suitable size for the hunting blind; and
assembling the cut fabric into the hunting blind.

US Pat. No. 10,457,014

SHAPE-FORMABLE APPARATUS COMPRISING FIBROUS MATERIAL

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A shape-formable apparatus comprising:a first state in which the apparatus is formable, such that the apparatus can be formed into a desired shape;
a second state in which the apparatus has the desired shape and is less formable than in the first state;
an envelope defining a chamber, the envelope formed of a gas-impermeable material;
a port positioned to fluidly couple the chamber with ambience; and
one or more layers of fibrous material positioned in the chamber, wherein the fibrous material is less formable when the apparatus is in the second state than when the apparatus is in the first state,
wherein at least one of the layers of fibrous material includes at least one of:
a fiber having portions movable relative to one another within the same layer of fibrous material, at least when the apparatus is in the first state, and
a plurality of fibers that are movable relative to one another within the same layer of fibrous material, at least when the apparatus is in the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,013

COMPOSITE SHEET AND CARGO CONTAINER COMPRISING SAME

1. A non-rigid composite sheet comprising in order(i) a first component having an areal weight of from 88 to 678 gsm comprising a first woven fabric having an areal weight of from 70 to 508 gsm, the fabric comprising continuous filament yarns having a tenacity of at least 11 g/dtex and a first polymeric layer
(ii) a second component having an areal weight of from 120 to 430 gsm comprising a paper positioned adjacent to the first fabric of the first component and the second fabric of the third component, the paper further comprising aramid fibers, a polymeric binder and mica, and
(iii) a third component having an areal weight of from 88 to 678 gsm comprising a second woven fabric having an areal weight of from 70 to 508 gsm, the fabric comprising continuous filament yarns having a tenacity of at least 11 g/dtex and a second polymeric layer, the second fabric of the third component being adjacent to the paper of the second component,
wherein
(a) the yarns of the first and second fabrics comprise aromatic polyamide, aromatic copolyamide, glass fiber or carbon fiber, and
(b) the polymer of the first polymeric layer of the first component and second polymeric layer of the third component is polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylenenaphthalate, polyacrylonitrile, fluoropolymer, polyimide, polketone, polyimide, polysulfone, polyarylene sulfide, liquid crystal polymer, polycarbonate or an ionomer,
wherein the polymeric binder of the paper is present in an amount of from 45-60 weight percent based on the combined weight of aramid fiber plus binder present in the paper.

US Pat. No. 10,457,012

METHOD FOR FABRICATING COLUMNAR OR LAMELLAR STRUCTURES OF ORGANIC MOLECULES ALIGNED INTO LARGE-AREA SINGLE DOMAIN

KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE ...

1. A method for fabricating columnar or lamellar structures of organic molecules aligned in a large-area single domain, the method comprising the steps of:(a) spatially confining organic molecules between a bottom substrate and a top substrate; and
(b) heating the organic molecules confined spatially between the bottom substrate and the top substrate, at a temperature of at least the isotropic transition temperature of the organic molecules, and then cooling the organic molecules, thereby vertically aligning the organic molecules between the bottom substrate and the top substrate,
wherein the large-area single domain has a size ranging from 0.1 mm×0.1 mm to 1 m×1 m and
the organic molecules are supramolecular dendrimer having self-assembly property.

US Pat. No. 10,457,011

COMPOSITE COLUMNAR STRUCTURE HAVING CO-BONDED REINFORCEMENT AND FABRICATION METHOD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of making a strut, comprising:fabricating a composite laminate core;
fabricating a sleeve reinforcement;
assembling the sleeve reinforcement encircled over the composite laminate core, the sleeve reinforcement comprising a plurality of corrugation ridges that are inwardly facing relative to the composite laminate core and that are parallel to each other along a longitudinal orientation, and wherein the plurality of corrugation ridges is pressed into and depresses portions of the composite laminate core; and
fabricating an outer skin over the sleeve reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 10,457,010

CORRUGATING ROLL

BHS Corrugated Maschinen-...

1. A corrugating roll for producing a corrugated web, having a fluting, from a material web, the corrugating roll comprising:a corrugating roll body;
a central longitudinal axis;
a peripheral direction about the central longitudinal axis; and
a surface fluting comprising at least one first corrugating tooth and at least one second corrugating tooth, the at least one first corrugating tooth being arranged peripherally on the corrugating roll body, the at least one second corrugating tooth being arranged peripherally on the corrugating roll body and the at least one second corrugating tooth differing from the at least one first corrugating tooth for reducing corrugating roll operation-related vibrations, the at least one first corrugating tooth having a first crest curvature and the at least one second corrugating tooth having a second crest curvature, wherein the first crest curvature and the second crest curvature, at least regionally, are different, wherein the at least one first corrugating tooth has a first radial tooth height measured from the corrugating roll body and the at least one second corrugating tooth has a second radial tooth height measured from the corrugating roll body, wherein there is a respective radial height difference between the first radial tooth height and the second radial tooth height.

US Pat. No. 10,457,009

HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A honeycomb structure comprising:partition walls defining a plurality of hexagonal cells which possess a hexagonal shape, extend from one end face to an other end face and become through channels for fluid,
wherein the partition walls are constituted by combining:
standard partition walls having a partition wall thickness in a range smaller than ±10% to an average partition wall thickness of the partition walls,
wide partition walls having a partition wall thickness of +10% or more to the average partition wall thickness, and
narrow partition walls having a partition wall thickness of ?10% or less to the average partition wall thickness, and
a non-standard partition wall ratio is in a range of 10% to 30% which is a ratio occupied by a subtotal number of non-standard partition walls obtained by adding the wide partition walls and the narrow partition walls to a total number of the partition walls which is obtained by adding the numbers of the standard partition walls, the wide partition walls and the narrow partition walls.

US Pat. No. 10,457,008

MODULAR SCREW PRESS

Rio Tinto Alcan Internati...

1. A screw press for separating liquid from a solid-liquid mixture, said screw press comprising:a generally tubular body having axially spaced-apart inlet section and outlet section, and a filter section between said inlet section and outlet section; said filter section having liquid passages; and
a rotatable screw mounted in said tubular body for conveying the solid-liquid mixture from the inlet section to the outlet section while compressing the solid-liquid mixture and forcing at least part of a liquid content thereof to be expelled out of the tubular body through said liquid passages of said filter section;
characterized in that the generally tubular body and the rotatable screw are both of modular construction, the filter section of the tubular body comprising at least first and second serially interconnectable filter sections, the rotatable screw having at least first and second serially interconnectable screw sections respectively disposed in said first and second filter sections for joint rotation as a unitary component, and in that the first and second screw sections have a continuous screw flight having a flight outside diameter, the at least first and second screw sections being detachably coupled to one another by a coupling provided at said flight outside diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,007

MULTI-STEP BEAD FORMER

Bartell Machinery Systems...

1. An apparatus for forming a tire bead, the apparatus comprising:a rotatable bead former having a front portion and a back portion, the rotatable bead former comprising:
a first step comprising a first diameter, the first step having at least a first bead-engaging surface circumnavigating an axis and configured to receive a first tire bead;
a second step located closer to the back portion than the first step, the second step comprising a second diameter different than the first diameter, the second step having a second bead-engaging surface circumnavigating the axis and configured to receive a second tire bead; and
a first bore extending from a back surface of the bead former in a direction towards the front portion to a location located beneath the first step, the bore being offset relative to a rotational axis of the rotatable bead former.

US Pat. No. 10,457,006

TURN-UP DEVICE FOR TYRE SIDE WALLS

HARBURG-FREUDENBERGER MAS...

1. An apparatus for turning up tire side walls on a shaping drum for shaping a tire carcass, comprising: two core clamping devices; two turn-over devices; and a spindle arrangement for synchronous movement of the core clamping devices axially in opposite directions and for synchronous movement of the turn-over devices axially in opposite directions independently of the core clamping devices, wherein the spindle arrangement has a central spindle and two synchronously running side spindles between which the central spindle extends, wherein the core clamping devices are in transmission connection with the central spindle and the turn-over devices are in transmission connection with the side spindles, or the turn-over devices are in transmission connection with the central spindle and the core clamping devices are in transmission connection with the side spindles, wherein two first spindle nuts are guided on the central spindle, each of the first spindle nuts has at least two first drivers that respectively transmit a driving, force from the spindle nut to one of the devices associated with the central spindle, wherein the drivers are distributed uniformly in a circumferential direction of the drum, wherein the central spindle has two opposing threaded sections, one of the first spindle nuts being arranged on each of the threaded sections, wherein each of the side spindles has two opposing threaded sections, wherein a second spindle nut having a second driver is respectively arranged on each of the threaded sections of the side spindles.

US Pat. No. 10,457,005

RUBBERIZED RFID TAGGED TIRE BLADDERS

1. A curing bladder comprising:an elastomeric body made of an elastomeric material; and
a radio frequency identification device (RFID) tag chemically bonded to the elastomeric body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,004

METHOD FOR CENTERING A TIRE COMPONENT

VMI HOLLAND B.V., Epe (N...

1. A method for centering a tire component with the use of a centering assembly, wherein the tire component comprises a leading end, a trailing end and a main part between the leading end and the trailing end, wherein the tire component is provided with a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge extending at least along the main part, wherein the centering assembly comprises a first conveyor, a second conveyor and a drum, wherein the method comprises the steps of;a) placing the tire component on the first conveyor with its leading end facing in a first direction of conveyance defined by the first conveyor;
b) conveying the tire component from the first conveyor towards the second conveyor in the first direction of conveyance;
c) determining, at or near the leading end of the tire component, a lateral position of the first longitudinal edge with respect to a second direction of conveyance defined by the second conveyor;
d) moving the first conveyor transverse to the second direction of conveyance and thereby aligning the first longitudinal edge laterally, at least at the leading end, with respect to the second direction of conveyance along a first edge reference for said first longitudinal edge on the second conveyor;
e) conveying the tire component from the first conveyor onto the second conveyor in the first direction of conveyance while determining a lateral position of the second longitudinal edge with respect to the second direction of conveyance to thereby determine a lateral center of the tire component between the determined lateral positions of the first longitudinal edge and the second longitudinal edge as the tire component is conveyed from the first conveyor onto the second conveyor;
f) conveying the tire component from the second conveyor towards the drum in the second direction of conveyance;
g) moving the drum laterally with respect to the second direction of conveyance to align a lateral center of a desired application position of the tire component on the drum with the determined lateral center of the tire component; and
h) conveying the tire component from the second conveyor onto the drum for application of the tire component at the desired application position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,003

METHOD OF PRODUCTION FOR ATTACHING A PROFILE TO A TOOTHED BELT

1. A method of production for attachment by cohesive bonding of a profile having at least one profile element onto a toothed belt previously produced as a semi-finished product and having a tooth side with a toothing and a toothed belt back located on the back of the tooth side of the toothed belt, comprising:building up the at least one profile element layer by layer from at least one first profile element layer and a second profile element layer on the toothed belt back, by an application of an application compound to the toothed belt back at a profile element position by means of melt layer printing.

US Pat. No. 10,457,002

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING AN OBJECT

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for treating an object manufactured from a material having a defined melting temperature, wherein the method comprises the following steps:subjecting the object to hot isostatic pressing for reducing the porosity and increasing the density of the object, wherein the hot isostatic pressing comprises
arranging the object inside an interior cavity of a pressure chamber,
submerging the object in a liquid which is disposed inside the interior cavity and partially fills the interior cavity, such that the liquid has a free liquid surface above which a portion of the interior cavity is located,
heating the liquid to a first temperature below the melting temperature,
pressurizing the liquid by providing pressurized gas in a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface,
maintaining the object inside the liquid heated to the first temperature and pressurized by the pressurized gas, and
arranging the object outside the liquid in a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface,
subsequently heating the liquid to a second temperature above the melting temperature,
after the liquid has been heated to the second temperature, moving the object from a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface into the liquid and submerging the object again within the liquid for reducing the surface roughness of the object, and subsequently
withdrawing the object from the liquid and moving it into a portion of the interior cavity above the free liquid surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,001

METHOD FOR FORMING A MATRIX COMPOSITE LAYER AND WORKPIECE WITH A MATRIX COMPOSITE LAYER

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method comprising:forming a wall around a metallic surface such that the wall extends in a vertical direction from a plane formed by the metallic surface of a workpiece;
depositing a filler material in a walled area on the metallic surface;
depositing a plastic material on the filler material; and
performing a vacuum treatment of the filler material and the plastic material thereby forming a matrix composite layer disposed on the metallic surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,000

FLOW AID FOR INFUSION STRUCTURE, INFUSION STRUCTURE COMPRISING A FLOW AID AND METHOD FOR INFILTRATING FIBRE MATERIAL WITH RESIN

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A flow aid for an infusion structure for infiltrating fibre material with resin to produce a fibre composite component, comprising:a resin-impermeable upper layer comprising an areal expanse;
a lower layer comprising an areal expanse, the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer being joined together in a peripheral region of the flow aid and providing a flow space between the two layers, and the lower layer comprises at least one outlet for discharging resin out of the flow aid into an interior of the infusion structure; and
an inlet for feeding the resin into the flow space, wherein the inlet opens into a central longitudinal channel which leads to transverse channels branching off therefrom,
wherein the transverse channels are formed by at least one connection point between the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer, and
wherein the at least one connection point is provided such that the resin-impermeable upper layer and the lower layer are kept apart from one another at a defined distance which varies over an extent of the flow aid.

US Pat. No. 10,456,999

POSITIONING MEMBER FOR POSITIONING A SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT, METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT, AND SEMIFINISHED PRODUCT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A positioning system, comprising:a semifinished product;
a processing plant configured to process the semifinished product;
a supporting element on which the semifinished product is disposed;
at least one positioning means that extends vertically from the supporting element; and
a positioning member configured to position the semifinished product on the at least one positioning means of the processing plant, wherein
the positioning member is connectable to the semifinished product and has at least one arranging element that contacts the positioning means.

US Pat. No. 10,456,998

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A PLASTIC PROFILE

1. A method for the production of a curved plastic profile (10) having a continuous reinforcement (11) from strands (13) or woven fabrics, wherein a mold (20, 34, 34) is moved counter to a production direction (19) of the plastic profile (10) along a portion of the plastic profile (10), and the plastic profile (10) herein is retained by at least one holding means that, when viewed in the production direction (19), is positioned ahead of the mold (20, 34, 34), comprising forming the mold (20, 34, 34) from at least two mold parts (14, 15, 29, 30, 32, 33) that in relation to the cross section of the plastic profile (10) are split and that are moved in a temporally offset manner counter to a production direction (19) of the plastic profile (10) along a portion of the plastic profile (10).

US Pat. No. 10,456,997

LAMINATE APPARATUS WITH BONDED LINER

GLOYER-TAYLOR LABORATORIE...

1. A method for manufacturing a laminate apparatus for engaging a fluid, the method comprising:installing a structural medium in a structural mold, wherein the structural medium comprises resin infusible plies, the structural medium further having a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein the second surface engages the structural mold;
extending a liner membrane about the first surface of the structural medium and sealing the liner membrane to the structural mold to form, in conjunction with the structural mold, a vacuum enclosure about the structural medium, wherein the liner membrane is the outermost layer of the vacuum enclosure;
evacuating the vacuum enclosure;
infusing the vacuum enclosure with resin;
permanently bonding the liner membrane to the first surface of the structural medium to form the laminate apparatus; and
removing the laminate apparatus from the structural mold.

US Pat. No. 10,456,996

TANK MANUFACTURING METHOD AND TANK

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A manufacturing method of a tank including a tubular body portion, and dome-shaped side end portions formed on both sides of the body portion, the manufacturing method comprising:impregnating reinforced fibers with a thermoplastic resin to obtain a fiber-reinforced resin sheet,
heating the fiber reinforced resin sheet impregnated with the thermoplastic resin at a temperature of a softening point of the thermoplastic resin or higher to melt the thermoplastic resin,
winding the fiber reinforced resin sheet, in a state where the thermoplastic resin is melted, several times around a peripheral surface of a cylindrical core or a liner in a direction perpendicular to an axial center of the core to form a tubular compact serving as at least part of the body portion, and heating is not carried out at the cylindrical core, and
forming the side end portions in the tank by heating dome-shaped side end members and the tubular compact so that the side end members are fused to the tubular compact,
the side end members containing the thermoplastic resin as a main material, and
a width of the fiber reinforced resin sheet is larger than a length of the core or a length of the liner.

US Pat. No. 10,456,995

LAYING UNIT, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENT

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A laying unit for producing a fiber composite component, comprising:a drive device which is formed for magnetic cooperation with a running face, wherein the running face provides a magnetic field and/or is ferromagnetic, to advance the laying unit on the running face,
wherein the drive device comprises at least one ferromagnetic mass element which holds the laying unit on the running face during cooperation with the running face providing a magnetic field and/or which drives the laying unit in a predetermined advancement.

US Pat. No. 10,456,994

COMPOSITE CONTAINER

SAMTECH CORPORATION, Osa...

1. A composite container comprisinga liner comprising:
a first dome section at a first end of the liner
a second dome section at a second end of the liner, the second end located opposite the first end;
a cylindrical section extending between the first dome section and the second dome section; and
Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) layers comprising:
a hoop layer in which winding of first FRP starts from a first boundary between the cylindrical section and the first dome section and ends at a second boundary between the cylindrical section and the second dome section such that the first FRP is wound around an entirety of the cylindrical section excluding the first dome section and the second dome section, the first FRP being wound using a hoop winding method; and
a first dome section reinforcing layer in which winding of second FRP starts from the first dome section and ends at the second dome section such that the second FRP is wound around the first dome section, the cylindrical section, and the second dome section in a helical form,
wherein, in the first dome section reinforcing layer, a winding angle of the second FRP with respect to an axis of the liner changes as the winding of the second FRP approaches from at least one of the first dome section and the second dome section toward a midpoint of the cylindrical section between the first boundary and the second boundary such that a spacing between adjacent windings of the second FRP wound in the helical form continuously changes in an axial direction of the liner as the second FRP approaches the midpoint of the cylindrical section from the at least one of the first dome section and the second dome section.

US Pat. No. 10,456,993

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING A NANOPORE IN A LIPID BILAYER

Roche Sequencing Solution...

1. A method of forming a nanopore in a lipid bilayer including:determining by a processor that a lipid bilayer is formed in a nanopore cell based on a first measurement from a sensing circuit;
in response to the determination that the lipid bilayer is formed and after nanopore forming molecules are deposited on the lipid bilayer, controlling by the processor a source to apply an agitation stimulus level to the lipid bilayer for up to one second, causing a disruption in the lipid bilayer that tends to facilitate the formation of nanopores in the lipid bilayer; and
controlling by the processor the source to apply a checking stimulus level following the agitation stimulus level to the lipid bilayer and determining that a nanopore has been formed based on a second measurement received from the sensing circuit sensing in response to the checking stimulus level, wherein an absolute magnitude of the agitation stimulus level is greater than an absolute magnitude of the checking stimulus level.

US Pat. No. 10,456,992

MODULAR USER-CONFIGURABLE MULTI-PART 3D LAYERING SYSTEM AND HOT END ASSEMBLY

Stacker, LLC, Plymouth, ...

1. A layer deposition system to form a plurality of 3D products simultaneously, the system comprising:a deposition frame housing having first opposing lateral members extending orthogonal to a first axis, and second opposing lateral members extending orthogonal to a second axis coplanar with and orthogonal to the first axis;
a carriage assembly extending between the first opposing lateral members and parallel to the first axis;
a substrate surface extending between the first opposing lateral members and between the second opposing lateral members;
a plurality of deposition modules, each separated from adjacent ones of the plurality of deposition modules by user-predetermined spacings, and operable to deposit material through a nozzle to form a three dimensional product supported by the substrate surface;
a plurality of attachment interfaces that each releasably attach a corresponding one of the plurality of deposition modules to the carriage assembly,
a first axis drive coupled to synchronously displace the plurality of deposition modules a predetermined distance along the first axis;
means for releasably ganging the plurality of deposition modules directly to a common x-axis drive mechanism at the user-predetermined spacings, wherein the first axis drive comprises the common x-axis drive mechanism,
a second axis drive coupled to synchronously displace the plurality of deposition modules a predetermined distance along the second axis; and,
a third axis drive couple to synchronously create a relative displacement between each of the plurality of deposition modules and the substrate surface along a third axis orthogonal to both the first axis and the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,991

SPACER FOR USE IN PRECISION BONDING APPLICATIONS THAT PROVIDES ENHANCED SHEAR STRENGTH

ALTEC INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A spacer-locator for spacing and locating at least two objects along mating surfaces, the position of the at least two objects described with an x-axis and a y-axis along the mating surfaces, a z-axis perpendicular to the mating surfaces, a psi angle around the z-axis, a phi angle around the x-axis, and a theta angle around the y-axis; the spacer-locator comprising:at least one spacer tab;
the at least one spacer tab constructed with a predetermined thickness;
the at least one spacer tab operable for separating the at least two objects a predetermined distance along the z-axis; and
at least two locator pins connected by the at least one spacer tab, wherein at least one of the at least two locator pins is operable for constraining movement of the at least two objects along the x-axis and y-axis and the phi angle and theta angle;
wherein the spacer-locator provides a controlled alignment of the at least two objects at the mating surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,456,990

AUTOMATED BALLOON ASSEMBLY MACHINE

Loon LLC, Mountain View,...

1. A method for assembling a balloon assembly, the method comprising:providing a first sheet of material, wherein the first sheet of material extends from a second platform of a table component to a third platform of the table component;
positioning a second sheet of material across a first platform, the second platform, and an opening extending between the first and second platforms of the table component so that a first end of the second sheet of material overlies at least a portion of the first sheet of material that overlies the second platform and a second end of the second sheet of material overlies the first platform;
securing a tendon on a portion of the second sheet of material overlying the first platform;
heat sealing the first sheet of material and the second sheet of material together on the second platform;
moving the second end of the second sheet of material from the first platform to the second platform by moving the second end over the tendon; and
moving at least a portion of the first platform to transfer the tendon and the portion of the second sheet of material to the third platform.

US Pat. No. 10,456,989

FIBER COMPOSITE COMPONENT ASSEMBLY HAVING AT LEAST TWO PLATE-SHAPED COMPOSITE STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES FOR PREPARING SAME

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A method for producing a fiber composite component assembly having at least first and second plate-shaped composite structures made from synthetic resin embedded fibers, the at least first and second fiber composite components having a plurality of partial regions not containing synthetic resin in an initial state, the plurality of partial regions extending from a top surface to a bottom surface of the respective first and second fiber composite components, the method comprising:positioning the at least first and second fiber composite components, the partial regions having been brought to flush conformity with each other,
bonding the at least first and second positioned fiber composite components by an adhesive layer arranged in between,
placing mechanical reinforcement means through the partial regions,
infusing the plurality of partial regions not containing synthetic resin in the initial state with synthetic resin, and
curing the synthetic resin placed in the plurality of partial regions not containing synthetic resin in the initial state.

US Pat. No. 10,456,988

JOINING STRUCTURE OF RESIN MEMBER FOR VEHICLE BODY AND STUD BOLT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A joining structure of a resin member for a vehicle body and a stud bolt, comprising:a resin member for a vehicle body that structures a portion of a vehicle body;
a stud bolt that is made of metal and is structured to include a shaft portion at which a male screw portion is formed, and a flange portion that is plate-shaped and is provided integrally with the shaft portion at one end portion of the shaft portion; and
a resin member for mounting that includes:
a flange-adjacent portion, which is covered by the flange portion and is adjacent to a surface of the flange portion which surface is at a side opposite the shaft portion; and
an extending portion, which is continuous with the flange-adjacent portion and extends-out from a peripheral edge portion of the flange portion as seen in a plan view, the resin member being formed of a resin through which ultraviolet rays can be transmitted and is provided integrally with the flange portion, and a mounting surface portion, which is provided at a side opposite the stud bolt, of the resin member for mounting being joined via an ultraviolet curable adhesive to the resin member for a vehicle body, and at least one of concave portions and convex portions being provided at a portion, which structures the flange-adjacent portion, of the mounting surface portion,
wherein a spherical concave portion, which is spherical and covers a range that overlaps at least the flange portion as seen in a plan view and whose peak portion is positioned at a position overlapping the shaft portion as seen in a plan view, is formed at the mounting surface portion, and a plurality of hemispherical convex portions, which are hemispherical and are convex toward a side of the resin member for a vehicle body, are provided at a position of the spherical concave portion which position overlaps the peripheral edge portion of the flange portion as seen in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,456,987

LASER WELDABLE COMPOSITIONS, ARTICLES FORMED THEREFROM, AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A laser weldable composition comprisinga polyester component comprising a poly(butylene terephthalate) homopolymer, a poly(ethylene terephthalate) homopolymer, a poly(cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate) homopolymer, a poly(butylene terephthalate) copolymer, a poly(ethylene terephthalate) copolymer, a poly(cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate) copolymer, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing;
5 to 50 weight percent of a filler; and
10 to 30 wt. % of a poly(ester-carbonate) copolymer comprising
carbonate units of the formula
andester units of the formula

wherein:
T is a C2-20 alkylene, a C6-20 cycloalkylene, or a C6-20 arylene;
R1 and J are each independently
(a) a bisphenol A divalent group of the formula
and(b) a C16 or higher divalent group (b1), (b2), or (b1) and (b2), wherein
(b1) is a phthalimidine divalent group of the formula

wherein
Ra and Rb are each independently a C1-12 alkyl, C2-12 alkenyl, C3-8 cycloalkyl, or C1-12 alkoxy,
each R3 is independently a C1-6 alkyl,
R4 is hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, or phenyl optionally substituted with 1 to 5 C1-6 alkyl groups,
p, q, and j are each independently 0 to 4, and
(b2) is a third divalent group of the formula

wherein
Rc and Rd are each independently a C1-12 alkyl, C2-12 alkenyl, C3-8 cycloalkyl, or C1-12 alkoxy,
each R6 is independently C1-3 alkyl or phenyl,
Xa is a C6-12 polycyclic aryl, C3-18 mono- or polycycloalkylene, C3-18 mono- or polycycloalkylidene, (Q1)x-G-(Q2)y- group wherein Q1 and Q2 are each independently a C1-3 alkylene, G is a C3-10 cycloalkylene, x is 0 or 1, and y is 1, and
m and n are each independently 0 to 4;whereinthe C16 divalent group (b1), (b2) or a combination of (b1) and (b2) is present in an amount of 40 mol % to 50 mol % based on the total moles of the bisphenol A divalent groups and the C16 divalent group; and
the composition, when molded into an article having a 2.0 mm thickness, provides a near infrared transmission at 960 nanometers of greater than 50% and a thermal resistance according to HDT 1.8 MPa flat (ISO 75/Af) of greater than 160° C.

US Pat. No. 10,456,986

METHOD FOR REINFORCING AND/OR LINING MATERIAL

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A method of manufacturing a heterogeneous composite, the method comprising the steps of:providing a first constituent and a second constituent,
wherein the first constituent is porous or capable of developing pores when under hydrostatic pressure,
and the second constituent comprises a solid having thermoplastic properties;
positioning the second constituent adjacent to the first constituent;
coupling energy into the second constituent to cause at least portions of the second constituent to liquefy and to penetrate into pores or other structures of the first constituent, whereby the first constituent is interpenetrated by material of the second constituent to yield a composite comprising the first constituent, the second constituent, and an interpenetration zone between the first and second constituents; and
providing an irreversible transition at least of the second constituent to yield a modified composite, wherein the irreversible transition comprises a chemical reaction taking place within the second constituent or between the first and second constituents.

US Pat. No. 10,456,984

ADAPTIVE MATERIAL DEPOSITION FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method for additive fabrication of an object represented by three-dimensional model data, the method comprising:computing, using first scan data obtained from a scanner after fabricating a first part of the object forming a first surface of the object, first surface data characterizing the first surface of the object;
determining second fabrication data characterizing a second set of layers for additive fabrication on the first surface of the object according to the first surface data and the three-dimensional model data for the object, wherein at least one layer of the second set of layers represents a non-planar surface determined from the first surface data; and
providing the second fabrication data to control a printer for fabricating the second set of layers.

US Pat. No. 10,456,983

THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL PROGRAM OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL LAMINATING AND SHAPING APPARATUS

TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ASSOC...

1. A three-dimensional laminating and shaping apparatus comprising:a material ejector that ejects a material of a three-dimensional laminated and shaped object onto a shaping table on which the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object is shaped;
a light beam irradiator that irradiates the ejected material with a light beam;
a data acquirer that acquires monitoring data used to monitor a shaping state of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object during shaping of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object; and
a shaping quality estimator that estimates shaping quality of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object based on the monitoring data,
wherein said monitoring data includes a diameter of a molten pool and a property data of a light from the molten pool,
wherein said shaping quality estimator estimates a decreasing of the shaping quality of the three-dimensional laminated and shaped object from a combination of whether the diameter of the molten pool has been changed or not and whether the property data of the light from the molten pool has been changed or not, when at least one of the diameter of the molten pool and the property data of the light from the molten pool has been changed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,982

DEFEATURING TOOL FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF OBJECTS

Materialise N.V., Leuven...

1. A system for modifying a design file of an object for additive manufacturing, comprising:a computer control system comprising one or more computers having a memory and a processor, the computer control system configured to:
determine if one or more portions of the object of the design file meets a size constraint;
calculate a projection of a first portion of the one or more portions of the object of the design file that does not meet the size constraint onto a surface of the object;
remove the first portion from the design file; and
add a texture corresponding to the projection to the design file on the surface of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,456,981

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING DATA GENERATION DEVICE, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. A three-dimensional printing system comprising:a three-dimensional printing data generation device; and
a three-dimensional printing device, wherein
the three-dimensional printing device includes:
a printing processor that accommodates a powder material including particles having a particle diameter;
a powder material supply that supplies the powder material to the printing processor;
a binder supply head that atomizes a binder toward the powder material accommodated on the printing processor; and
a controller;
the three-dimension printing data generation device includes:
a memory that stores data of a three-dimensional target object model representing the three-dimensional object;
a support model generation processor configured to generate, based on the data stored in the memory, data of a three-dimensional support model; and
an output processor configured to output the data of the three-dimensional target object model and the data of the support model as three-dimensional printing data to the controller;
the data of the three-dimensional support model includes:
a substrate portion located below the three-dimensional target object model at a first discrete position spaced from the target object model such that the substrate portion is out of contact with the target object model and including at least one through-hole larger than the particle diameter of the particles of the powder material; and
and a handle portion extending upward from the substrate portion, located at a second discrete position spaced from the target object model such that the handle portion is out of contact with the target object model, and including a top end that is located at a level higher than a level of a top end of the three-dimensional target object model;
the controller is configured to control the printing processor, the powder material supply, and the binder supply head based on the received three-dimensional printing data;
the three-dimensional printing device is configured to print a three-dimensional object based on the three-dimensional target object model and a support based on the three-dimensional support model, the support includes the substrate portion and the handle portion;
the handle portion and the substrate portion of the support are configured to facilitate lifting and removal of the three-dimensional object from the printing processor; and
at least portion of unsolidified particles of the powder material are configured to pass through the least one through-hole of the substrate portion when the three-dimensional object is lifted from the printing processor via the handle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,980

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR EVALUATING AND MANUFACTURING ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An additive manufacturing machine comprising:an additive manufacturing chamber; and
a controller operable to control said additive manufacturing chamber, wherein the controller includes a processor and a non-transitory memory, the non-transitory memory including instructions operable to iteratively convert a set of desired output component parameters into a set of manufacturing parameters without constructing a physical component, the manufacturing parameters being adjusted to compensate for at least two second order variations, wherein the instructions are operable to cause the controller to iteratively perform a method including:
a) determining a nominal parameter of at least one surface of a component, wherein the nominal parameter is a parameter of a nominal component;
b) determining the at least two second order variations in said nominal parameter;
c) predicting an actual resultant dimension based at least in part on the nominal parameter and the at least two second order variations, the at least two second order variations includes at least one of powder perturbations, powder particle size variations, power source variations, beam profile, and orientation of a sintered surface relative to prior and subsequent sintered surfaces; and
d) adjusting at least one additive manufacturing process parameter in response to said predicted actual parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,456,979

OPTIMIZATION OF A PRODUCTION PROCESS

1. A method for optimizing a production process for a component to be produced by additive manufacturing, by simulating the production process, wherein predetermined required properties of the component are specified as boundary conditions of the simulation, the method comprising:determining a position of the component in a production space optimized based on a process optimization criterion, wherein the position of the component is automatically determined such that dislocations of the component due to gravitational forces are minimized;
computing dislocations of the component and stresses on the component caused by the production process, wherein the dislocations, the stresses, or the dislocations and the stresses caused by the production process are caused by gravitational forces, changes in density of a material to be used for production of the component, or gravitational forces and changes in density of the material to be used for production of the component, wherein computing dislocations of the component comprises calculating displacements or shifts of the component, and wherein computing stresses on the component comprises calculating temperature-related changes in density of the material to be used for production of the component;
determining supporting structures optimized based on the process optimization criterion, wherein the supporting structures counteract the dislocations, the stresses, or the dislocations and the stresses;
determining a portion of the design of the component optimized based on a component optimization criterion; and
producing the component via the production process based on the determined optimized position of the component in the production space and the determined optimized supporting structures.

US Pat. No. 10,456,977

PRINTING HEAD, PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTED ARTICLE

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

9. A method of printing an article, comprising:depositing a textured layer of a printing material on a receiving surface, the textured layer including features protruding from a main surface of the textured layer for interlocking with a subsequent layer, wherein depositing the textured layer comprises laterally moving a printing head including a nozzle and a texturing member across the receiving surface, the nozzle comprising an outlet shaped to form the features for interlocking with the subsequent layer; and
depositing the subsequent layer on the receiving surface, wherein the subsequent layer interlocks with the features protruding from the main surface of the textured layer,
wherein the texturing member defines the outlet to have a polygonal outline comprising a plurality of corners having an angle less than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,456,976

METHODS TO IDENTIFY ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED PARTS

Fisher Controls Internati...

1. A method of manufacturing a part, comprising:layering a first set of layers of a first material via an additive manufacturing technique, the first material having a first density; and
layering a second set of layers of the first material via the additive manufacturing technique, the second set of layers to form a void embedded internally in the part, the void forming a first indicium, wherein the first indicium aligns with a second indicium on an external surface of the part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,975

MULTI-COMPARTMENT CAPSULE

Multiply Labs Inc., San ...

1. A method of making a capsule for encapsulating one or more materials, comprising a plurality of compartments, the method comprising:A) initiating extrusion of a filament melt through a filament extruder, wherein the filament is free of the one or more materials;
B) laying the filament melt with the filament extruder to form a base of the capsule;
C) forming a first compartment in the plurality of compartments by laying of the filament melt with the filament extruder, wherein the forming C) creates a first barrier wall, wherein the first barrier wall:
i) has a first predetermined release time, and
ii) separates the first compartment in the plurality of compartments from one or more different compartments in the plurality of compartments;
D) filling the first compartment with a first material of the one or more materials;
E) sealing the first compartment by laying of the filament melt with the filament extruder;
F) forming a second compartment in the plurality of compartments by laying of the filament melt with the filament extruder on a portion of the first barrier wall, wherein the forming F) creates a second barrier wall, wherein the second barrier wall:
i) has a second predetermined release time, and
ii) separates the second compartment in the plurality of compartments from one or more different compartments in the plurality of compartments;
G) filling the second compartment with a second material of the one or more materials; and
H) sealing the second compartment thereby forming the capsule with a first sealed compartment and a second sealed compartment, wherein:
the initiating A), laying B), forming C), sealing E), forming F), and sealing H) are performed without human intervention by an extrusion device that is programmed with the first predetermined release time and the second predetermined release time.

US Pat. No. 10,456,974

PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION, METHODS FOR PRODUCING FILM, OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD, AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT BY USING THE SAME, AND CURED PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a patterned film, the method comprising:a step of placing a photocurable composition on a substrate; a step of bringing the photocurable composition into contact with a mold in an atmosphere containing a 1,1,1,3.3-pentafluoropropane condensable gas, the mold having an original pattern for transferring a pattern shape;
a step of irradiating the photocurable composition with light to form a cured film; and
a step of separating the cured film and the mold from each other, wherein the photocurable composition is a photocurable composition used for performing imprint in an atmosphere containing a condensable gas, the photocurable composition comprising:
a component (A) which is a (meth)acrylate monomer; a component (B) which is a photopolymerization initiator; and a component (C) which is a mold releasing agent, wherein a saturated solubility of the component (C) in the condensable gas at 5 degrees (Celsius) and 1 atm is 5% by weight or less, the condensable gas being in a liquid state at 5 degrees (Celsius) and 1 atm.

US Pat. No. 10,456,973

BLOW MOLDING APPARATUS AND BLOW MOLDING METHOD

DISCMA AG, Hunenberg (CH...

1. A blow molding method of supplying a pressurized liquid into a bottomed tubular preform fitted to a mold used for blow molding and molding the preform into a shape conforming to a cavity of the mold, the blow molding method comprising:a liquid supply step of supplying a pressurized liquid into the preform through a blow nozzle fitted to a mouth tubular portion of the preform by using a plunger pump; and
a peak pressure control step of changing an actuation rate and an actuation force of the plunger pump during the supply of the pressurized liquid into the preform to regulate a peak pressure of the liquid supplied into the preform to be from 3.5 MPa to 5.0 MPa,
wherein, in the peak pressure control step, upon an elapse of a predetermined time period from a start of the supply of the pressurized liquid into the preform, the actuation rate and the actuation force of the plunger pump are changed to values that are lower than those before the elapse of the predetermined time period so as to lower a pressure of the pressurized liquid supplied into the preform,
and wherein the predetermined time period from a start of a supply of a pressurized liquid into the preform to when the actuation rate and the actuation force of the plunger pump are changed is between 0.228 seconds and 0.5 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,456,972

MOLDING UNIT FOR CONTAINERS, EQUIPPED WITH A BOXING INSERT WITH AIR CIRCULATION

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. Molding unit (1) for the forming of a container (2) provided with a hollow recess (3) toward the interior of the container (2), this forming unit (1) comprising:a mold (5) provided with a lateral wall (6) defining a cavity (7) having the impression of at least one portion of the container (2) and that extends along a main axis (X) defining a vertical direction, this lateral wall (6) being provided with a pocket (9) that comes out into the cavity (7);
a boxing device (11) comprising:
an insert (12) mounted in translation relative to the lateral wall (6) along a transverse axis (T) defining a radial direction, between a retracted position in which the insert (12) is at least partially retracted in the pocket (9), and a deployed position in which the insert (12) projects at least partially into the cavity (7) outside of the pocket (9),
an actuator (16) integral with the insert (12) and provided with a piston (17) mounted in translation along the transverse axis (T):
wherein:
the insert (12) is provided with at least one passage (81) that extends from one rear end (82), by which it opens into the pocket (9), to a front end (83) by which it opens onto a front face (13) of the insert (12);
the piston (17) is mounted in a chamber (22) defined in the wall (6) of the mold (5), the piston (17) subdividing the chamber (22) into a rear half-chamber (22A) in communication with a primary fluid duct (46), and a front half-chamber (22B), in communication with both a secondary fluid duct (50), as well as the pocket (9).

US Pat. No. 10,456,971

MOLD FOR FORMING A HOLLOW BODY AND INFLATABLE BODY

Zamqua Holding B.V., Lis...

1. A mould with a mould body for forming therearound a body with a body cavity which is defined by the mould body and accessible via an opening,wherein the mould body is assembled from a set of mutually cohesive body parts, wherein the body parts are mutually releasable,
wherein the body parts are removable via the opening,
wherein the body parts comprise an engaging member which extends from the mould wall into the mould cavity and is accessible through the mould opening,
wherein the body parts comprise a primary type of body part with a first coupling member and a secondary type of body part with a second coupling member complementary to the first coupling member, which first and second coupling members are coupled in mutually releasable manner,
wherein the primary type of body part comprises a first type of engaging member,
wherein the secondary type of body part comprises a second type of engaging member differing visually from the first type of engaging member,
wherein the body parts form a mould wall closed all around which bounds a mould cavity in the mould body, which mould cavity is accessible via a mould opening in the mould wall, and
wherein the first coupling member comprises a coupling part extending laterally from another part of the primary type of body part and the second coupling member complementary thereto comprises in the secondary type of body part a recess into which the coupling part fits closely in order to mutually couple the body parts.

US Pat. No. 10,456,970

BLOW MOLDED VEHICLE PARTS WITH FOAM LAYER AND HOLLOW CORE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An armrest for a captain's seat for a vehicle, comprising:a mounting hole for mounting the armrest to the captain's seat;
an outer layer;
an intermediate foam layer, wherein said intermediate foam layer is a mixture of a plastic and a foaming agent; and
an inner layer defining a hollow core, wherein the hollow core is partitioned via the mounting hole.

US Pat. No. 10,456,969

NOZZLE FOR SHEET OR FILM EXTRUSION

MAGNA STEYR Fuel Systems ...

1. A method for producing a container, the method comprising: providing a die that includes a die bottom part, a die top part, a flexible element extending between the die bottom part to define a die outlet between the flexible element and the die bottom part, outer slides arranged laterally on the die, a blocking slide arranged below the flexible element and which is moveable in a vertical direction relative to the die outlet, and a plurality of adjustment bolts connected to the flexible element and which are adjustably moveable, the adjustment bolts including outer adjustment bolts and middle adjustment bolts arranged between the outer adjustment bolts; producing a first structural part and a second structural part, each composed of an extrusion material, by:initiating an extrusion process for the extrusion material;
forming, during the extrusion, a seal at lateral regions of the die by pressing only the outer adjustment bolts downward to thereby press the flexible element against the lateral slides without adjusting the middle adjustment bolts;
controlling, after forming the seal and during extrusion, the thickness of the extrusion material in a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction by adjusting only the middle adjustment bolts to thereby adjust a spatial distance between the flexible die element and the die bottom part;
cutting the extrusion material at the die outlet via the blocking slide; and
forming the container by connecting the first structural part and the second structural part at their respective circumferences.

US Pat. No. 10,456,968

THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT PRINTER WITH MULTI-NOZZLE EXTRUDERS AND DISPENSERS FOR MULTI-NOZZLE EXTRUDERS AND PRINTHEADS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional object printer comprising:a multi-nozzle extruder comprising:
a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle in the plurality of nozzles being configured to emit an extrusion material; and
a plurality of channels, each channel in the plurality of channels being connected to one nozzle in the plurality of nozzles in a one-to-one correspondence and configured to provide the extrusion material to the one nozzle;
a first extrusion material supply having a spool configured to hold a filament of an extrusion material; and
a first dispenser comprising:
an inlet configured to receive the extrusion material from the first extrusion material supply;
an outlet configured to direct the extrusion material received from the first extrusion material supply to one channel in the plurality of channels in the multi-nozzle extruder when positioned in alignment with the one channel;
a cutter positioned proximate to the inlet of the first dispenser, the cutter configured to separate a first portion of the filament that enters the one channel in the plurality of channels from a second portion of the filament in the first extrusion material supply; and
an actuator configured to move the outlet into alignment with at least two channels in the plurality of channels at different times to supply the extrusion material from the first extrusion material supply to the at least two channels in the plurality of channels at the different times.

US Pat. No. 10,456,967

INJECTION MOLDING MACHINE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An injection molding machine having a safety door that can be opened and closed, comprising:a door driving unit configured to open and close the safety door;
a presence detector configured to detect whether or not an operator or object is present within a door operating space of the safety door, or within a predetermined vicinal area of the safety door including the door operating space; and
a controller configured to control the door driving unit with a reference control amount in order to perform a closing operation of the safety door,
wherein during a time it is detected by the presence detector that an operator or object is present within the vicinal area outside of the door operating space, the controller causes a control amount that controls the door driving unit to decrease from the reference control amount and performs the closing operation of the safety door, and
during a time it is detected by the presence detector that an operator or object is present within the door operating space, the controller temporarily stops the closing operation of the safety door.

US Pat. No. 10,456,966

HOLLOW-BODY MOLDING DEVICE

TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LT...

1. A hollow body molding device that forms a hollow molded body in a main cavity of a mold having in its one end a pressure port including a floating core by injecting molten resin through an injection gate into the main cavity having an outlet in its other end, and then pressure-injecting pressurized fluid through the pressure port into the main cavity to move the floating core toward the outlet through the molten resin injected into the main cavity so as to extrude the molten resin through the outlet and discharge the extruded molten resin into a waste cavity, the hollow body molding device comprising:a floating core accommodating portion that is located between the outlet of the main cavity and a communication passage leading to the waste cavity and adjoins the main cavity and that accommodates the floating core moved to the outlet by the pressurized fluid,
an inside diameter of the floating core accommodating portion being smaller than an outlet diameter of the main cavity and being larger than an outside diameter of the floating core,
wherein a product core is connected to the floating core so as to adjoin the pressure port side of the floating core, and when the floating core is accommodated in the floating core accommodating portion, the product core remains in the other end of the main cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,456,965

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A COMPOSITE

Enplas Corporation, Sait...

1. A method of manufacturing a composite, the composite including at least one functional part including a cured product of a liquid resin composition, and a holding part including a resin composition which is different from the liquid resin composition and configured to hold the at least one functional part, the method comprising:preparing the holding part including the resin composition which is different from the liquid resin composition, the holding part further including two or more through holes or recesses formed therein;
disposing the holding part as an insert member in a metal mold such that the two or more through holes or recesses are communicated with a cavity of the metal mold; and
integrally molding two or more functional parts, respectively disposed in the two or more through holes or recesses, and a connecting part connecting the two or more functional parts and joined to the holding part by charging a liquid resin composition to the cavity and curing the liquid resin composition, wherein:
the holding part further includes one or more groove parts formed to be communicated with the two or more through holes or recesses on a surface on which the connecting part is joined, the one or more groove parts being configured to be capable of functioning as a runner for guiding the liquid resin composition to the two or more through holes or recesses, and
wherein the integrally molding the two or more functional parts and the connecting part, the liquid resin composition is charged to the cavity through the one or more groove parts.

US Pat. No. 10,456,964

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A SUPPORT ELEMENT FOR A VEHICLE

FAURECIA INNENRAUM SYSTEM...

1. A method for producing a support element for a transport means, wherein the method comprises the steps of:providing a polypropylene-natural fiber mat, wherein the mat has a basis weight below 1150 g/m2, wherein the polypropylene-natural fiber mat comprises a first type of natural fibers,
pre-heating the mat,
placing the mat in a tool, wherein the tool has a rib-shaped cavity,
pressing the mat into a predefined form by the tool such that the thickness of the mat after the pressing is less than 1.5 mm,
immediately and directly after the pressing, insert molding the mat by injecting a polypropylene-containing material into the rib-shaped cavity, wherein, on account of the insert molding, the material forms stiffening ribs bonded integrally to the mat,
demolding the mat comprising the stiffening ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,456,963

ELECTRICAL COMPONENT CARRIER AS A STRESSED MEMBER OF AN ELECTRICAL VEHICLE

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A component carrier for carrying electrical components, including a battery, for an electrical vehicle, comprising:an injection-molded load-bearing frame to couple with and span from a right damper-tower of the electrical vehicle, transverse across the vehicle, to a coupling with a left damper-tower, the injection-molded load-bearing frame sized to translate dynamic loading from the body-in-white from the right damper-tower to the left damper-tower;
wherein the injection-molded load-bearing frame comprises a thermoplastic material,
wherein the component carrier is configured to be a stressed member and a load-bearing portion of the body-in-white that translates load from one portion of the body-in-white to another portion of the body-in-white, and
wherein the component carrier is integrated as one part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,962

HEAT-INSULATING WALL, AND HEAT-INSULATING HOUSING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A method for producing a heat-insulating housing, the method comprising:forming a heat-insulating space using a wall body; and
filling the heat-insulating space with a mixture of a plurality of polyols having different compositions, a polyisocyanate, a foaming agent and powder,
wherein a thermosetting urethane resin is formed by a polymerization reaction of the polyol mixture and the polyisocyanate,
a plurality of cells are formed in the thermosetting urethane resin,
a first through-hole is formed so as to extend through the thermosetting resin located between neighboring cells; and
a second through-hole is formed at an interface between the thermosetting resin and the powder,
the second through-hole is formed due to the powder being incompatible with the thermosetting urethane resin.

US Pat. No. 10,456,961

BONDING APPARATUS AND BONDING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A bonding apparatus configured to bond a patch formed of a reinforced fiber composite material, to an object member formed of a reinforced fiber composite material, comprising:a pushing member disposed to push the patch which has been arranged on a bonded section of a corner section of the object member to the bonded section of the corner section of the object member in response to an application force;
a biasing section disposed to give the application force to the pushing member;
a heating unit disposed to heat the patch; and
a bag member disposed to cover a surface portion containing the bonded section of the object member, the patch, the heating unit and pushing member,
wherein an inside of the bag member is decompressed, and the biasing section is arranged outside a closed space formed from the bag member and the object member to bias the pushing member for the patch,
wherein the biasing section comprises:
a giving member configured to give the application force to the corner section and a part of the object member extending from the corner section;
an inclination block; and
a sliding block,
wherein the inclination block has a sliding slope along which the sliding block and the giving member are configured to slide, and
wherein the sliding block is configured to slide along the sliding slope to convert a clamp force in a direction different from a direction of the corner section to the application force in the direction of the corner section to transfer to the giving member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,960

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREMENTALLY FORMING A COMPOSITE PART

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A system for incrementally forming a composite part, the system comprising:a forming mandrel that includes a forming surface, wherein a surface profile of the forming surface corresponds to a surface profile of the composite part, and further wherein the forming surface is configured to receive a ply of composite material; and
a forming machine including:
(i) a forming bladder that defines an internal volume, wherein a length of the forming surface is greater than a corresponding length of the forming bladder;
(ii) a pressure-regulating device configured to regulate a pressure within the internal volume; and
(iii) a positioning device, wherein the positioning device includes a linear guide that extends along the length of the forming surface, and further wherein the positioning device is configured to operatively translate the forming bladder along the linear guide to selectively position the forming bladder relative to the forming surface at a plurality of selected locations spaced-apart along the length of the forming surface;
wherein the forming bladder is configured to be inflated to a forming pressure and to selectively and operatively press the ply of composite material against the forming surface at each of the plurality of selected locations to conform corresponding portions of the ply of composite material to the surface profile of the forming surface and at least partially define the composite part.

US Pat. No. 10,456,959

BAMBOO RAILROAD TIE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

TieBam, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method of manufacturing railroad crossties from bamboo, the method comprising:cutting bamboo stalks to be of equal length;
mashing the cut bamboo stalks;
heat-treating the mashed bamboo stalks to remove starch therefrom;
dipping the heat-treated bamboo stalks into a resin;
drying the dipped bamboo stalks in storage;
stacking the dried bamboo stalks tightly within a press mold of a hydraulic press;
compressing the stacked bamboo stalks in the press mold via the hydraulic press;
locking the compressed bamboo stalks under pressure within the hydraulic press so as to form densified compressed bamboo;
releasing the locking pressure of the hydraulic press;
heating the densified compressed bamboo in an oven while still within the press mold for at least two hours at 70 degrees Celsius;
removing the heated and densified compressed bamboo from the oven;
cooling the heated and densified compressed bamboo; and
removing the cooled and densified compressed bamboo from the press mold as a bamboo railroad crosstie.

US Pat. No. 10,456,957

MOLDING METHOD AND MOLD THEREFOR

KAGA SANGYO CO., LTD., N...

1. A method of molding a product by rotating a mold, comprising:(i) filling the mold with a material while the mold is not rotating;
(ii) after the mold has been filled with the material, exposing the mold to a partial vacuum while the mold is in an open position and imparting a rotary motion to the mold while subjecting the mold to the partial vacuum, thereby agitating and degassing the material, and thereby initiating rotational molding the product; and
(iii) after the rotational molding is initiated, shifting the mold from the open position to a closed position while the mold is rotating, thereby allowing the mold to define a final shape of the product.

US Pat. No. 10,456,956

MULTI-CHEMISTRY MICROLATTICE STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A multi-chemistry structure comprising:a plurality of interconnected polymer struts arranged in an integrated lattice comprising a plurality of unit cells;
a first layer of the lattice being formed of a first photopolymerized polymer; and
a second layer of the lattice being formed of a second photopolymerized polymer different from the first photopolymerized polymer,
wherein:
the first layer is substantially continuous across the lattice and comprises 50% or more of each unit cell;
the second layer comprises a remainder of each unit cell;
the first layer is free of the second photopolymerized polymer,
the second layer is free of the first photopolymerized polymer, and
the first and second layers together define the boundary of a simple polygonal or polyhedral unit cell.

US Pat. No. 10,456,955

NUT FOR A CLAMPING MECHANISM OF A VULCANIZING PRESS, CLAMPING MECHANISM, VULCANIZING PRESS AND SUPPORT DEVICE FOR COMPONENTS OF A VULCANIZING PRESS

REMA TIP TOP AG, Poing (...

1. A nut for a clamping mechanism of a mobile vulcanizing press, the nut comprising:a nut body, which has a blind hole including an internal thread for receiving a tie bolt, and
a groove and an access bore in the nut body for receiving a fixing element, wherein:
the groove is arranged in a circumferential portion of the blind hole and the access bore connects an exterior side of the nut body to the groove,
a fixing element is arranged in the groove and the access bore in such a way that the fixing element occupies at least a sub-portion of the access bore and/or the groove, and
a fastening means is arranged in the access bore and the fixing element occupies at least a sub-portion of the access bore and it fully occupies the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,456,954

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SHAPING PLASTICS MATERIAL PRE-FORMS INTO PLASTICS MATERIAL CONTAINERS

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A method of shaping plastics material pre-forms into plastics material containers, in which the plastics material pre-forms are expanded inside a blow mould with the aid of an expansion agent and a stretch rod to form the plastics material containers, the method comprising: sterilizing the blow mould and the stretch rod at least in part with a sterilization agent, wherein to sterilize an exterior face of the stretch rod, the stretch rod is displaced at least partially in the blow mould, and the sterilization agent is brought from a discharge element separated from the stretch rod and a blow moulding assembly, wherein the discharge element emits the sterilization agent on at least part of the exterior face of the stretch rod and an inner wall of the blow mould, while the stretch rod is positioned at least partially inside the blow mould and out of the plastic material pre-forms.

US Pat. No. 10,456,952

TIRE CURE MOLD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A tire cure mold comprising:a tread molding face that comes in contact with a tread face of a tire set in a cavity;
a protruding portion for forming a groove portion and protruding inward in a tire diametrical direction from the tread molding face;
a depression for forming a groove bottom projection and formed by recessing a top face of the protruding portion;
a first vent hole open in the tread molding face;
a second vent hole open in a bottom face of the depression; and
a spring vent mounted in the second vent hole.

US Pat. No. 10,456,951

INJECTION MOULD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROTARY PART MADE OF A COMPOSITE MATERIAL HAVING EXTERNAL FLANGES, IN PARTICULAR OF A GAS TURBINE CASING

SAFRAN, Paris (FR)

1. An injection mold for manufacturing a rotary part made of a composite material having outer flanges, comprising:an axisymmetric mandrel on which a fiber reinforcement formed by superimposed layers of a fiber texture is configured to be supported, the mandrel including a central annular wall, the profile of which matches that of the part to be manufactured, and two side plates, the profiles of which match those of the outer flanges of the part to be manufactured;
molding wedges for bearing against a non-covered surface of the fiber reinforcement; and
two axisymmetric outer bells for covering the molding wedges and the plates of the mandrel with sealing O-rings being inserted between the bells and the plates of the mandrel, the bells each being provided with an attachment flange for bearing against one another with at least one sealing O-ring inserted therebetween, the attachment flanges of the bells being clamped against one another in a direction substantially parallel to an axis of symmetry of the mandrel, wherein each bell is integrally formed with its respective attachment flange.

US Pat. No. 10,456,950

METHOD OF FORMING TOPPING SHEET AND APPARATUS THEREOF

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A topping sheet forming method comprising:a feeding and division step of feeding a textile original fabric, obtained by weaving longitudinally aligned tire cords into a cord fabric by use of weft yarns and the textile original fabric comprises at least one surface which has not been topped with rubber, and simultaneously cutting off the weft yarns in predetermined widthwise positions to divide the textile original fabric into a plurality of narrow textile original fabrics; and
a topping step of topping at least one surface of each of the narrow textile original fabrics, which is fed by the feeding and division step, with unvulcanized rubber to form a narrow topping sheet whose width is narrower than the width of the textile original fabric,
wherein in the feeding and division step, the textile original fabric is fed from a cylindrically wound original fabric roll, and the textile original fabric is divided by a wire wound on the original fabric roll in a predetermined winding angle range.

US Pat. No. 10,456,949

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIBRE BOARDS

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

14. A method for manufacturing fibrous boards, which comprises the steps of:Providing a device according to claim 1;
a) first separating a respective portion of a fibrous material simultaneously in each of a plurality of depositing cutting tools;
b) second retaining the respective portion on a counter roller or on a separation roller, and moving the respective portion conjointly with a roller circumference of one of the separation roller and the counter roller simultaneously in the plurality of depositing cutting tools;
c) third depositing the portions beside one another simultaneously by way of the plurality of depositing cutting tools;
d) fourth moving a board carrier in at least one movement direction; and
e) repeating steps a) to d) multiple times in such a manner that a layer of the portions is produced on the board carrier, and wherein at least one further layer of the portions are produced on a first layer by repeating steps a) to e).

US Pat. No. 10,456,948

COMPONENT, METHOD FOR CONNECTING WOOD ELEMENTS, COMPUTER PROGRAM

Timber Structures 3.0 AG,...

1. Ceiling comprising a plurality of wood elements forming the ceiling, wherein the plurality of wood elements comprises a first wood element, a second wood element and a third wood element, wherein the first wood element comprises a first main fiber direction and a third main fiber direction, wherein the second wood element comprises a second main fiber direction and a fourth main fiber direction, wherein the third wood element comprises a fifth main fiber direction and a sixth main fiber direction, wherein the first main fiber direction, the second main fiber direction and the fifth main fiber direction are parallel, wherein the third main fiber direction, the fourth main fiber direction and the sixth main fiber direction are parallel, wherein the first main fiber direction, the second main fiber direction, the third main fiber direction, the fourth main fiber direction, the fifth main fiber direction and the sixth main fiber direction are parallel to a plane of the ceiling, wherein the first wood element has a first side cutting through the first main fiber direction and a second side cutting through the second main fiber direction, wherein the second wood element has a first side cutting through the second main fiber direction, wherein the third wood element has a first side cutting through the fifth main fiber direction, wherein the first wood element on the first side has at least one area with the first main fiber direction formed by at least one first timber layer of the first wood element and at least one area with the third main fiber direction formed by at least one second timber layer of the first wood element, wherein the first wood element on the second side has at least one area with the first main fiber direction formed by the at least one first timber layer of the first wood element and at least one area with the third main fiber direction formed by the at least one second timber layer of the first wood element, wherein the second wood element on the first side has at least one area with the second main fiber direction formed by at least one first timber layer of the second wood element and at least one area with the fourth main fiber direction formed by at least one second timber layer of the second wood element, wherein the third wood element on the first side has at least one area with the fifth main fiber direction formed by at least one first timber layer of the third wood element and at least one area with the sixth main fiber direction formed by at least one second timber layer of the third wood element, wherein the second side of the first wood element is parallel to the first main fiber direction, wherein the second wood element has a second side parallel to the second main fiber direction,wherein the first side of the first wood element is adhesively bonded to the first side of the second wood element with a distance between the first side of the first wood element and the first side of the second wood element, wherein the distance is greater than 0.3 mm, wherein a gap created by the distance between the first side of the first wood element and the first side of the second wood element is filled with adhesive, wherein the at least one area of the first side of the first wood element with the first main fiber direction is adhesively bonded with the at least one area of the first side of the second wood element with the second main fiber direction, wherein the at least one area of the first side of the first wood element with the third main fiber direction is adhesively bonded with the at least one area of the first side of the second wood element with the fourth main fiber direction, wherein the first side of the first wood element has the shape of a plane surface and the first side of the second wood element has the shape of a plane surface, wherein the first side of the first wood element is adhesively bonded to the first side of the second wood element without a further wood element being adhesively bonded to the second side of the first wood element and the second side of the second wood element for creating a load-bearing connection between the first wood element and the second wood element,
wherein the second side of the first wood element is adhesively bonded to the first side of the third wood element with a distance between the second side of the first wood element and the first side of the third wood element, wherein the distance is greater than 0.3 mm, wherein a gap created by the distance between the second side of the first wood element and the first side of the third wood element is filled with adhesive, wherein the at least one area of the second side of the first wood element with the third main fiber direction is adhesively bonded with the at least one area of the first side of the third wood element with the sixth main fiber direction, wherein the at least one area of the second side of the first wood element with the third main fiber direction is adhesively bonded with the at least one area of the first side of the third wood element with the sixth main fiber direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,947

CLAMPING DEVICE FOR AN ADJUSTABLE STOP OF A PROCESSING MACHINE, PARTICULARLY A MOULDING MACHINE, AND PROCESSING MACHINE, PARTICULARLY MOULDING MACHINE, WITH A CLAMPING DEVICE

Michael Weinig AG, Taube...

8. A clamping device for an adjustable fence of a moulding machine, wherein the adjustable fence (12) comprises a first side facing workpieces and configured to laterally guide, in a fixed working position of the adjustable fence (12) on the moulding machine, the workpieces as the workpieces move along the adjustable fence (12) through the moulding machine in a transport direction, wherein the adjustable fence (12) further comprises a second side facing away from the workpieces, wherein at least one counter stop (25), comprising a first face and an opposite second face facing away from the first face, is arranged at the second side of the adjustable fence (12) so that the first face is facing the second side of the adjustable fence (12); the clamping device comprising:a transmission element arranged at the second face of the at least one counter stop (25) opposite the adjustable fence (12);
at least one clamping part (33) arranged at the transmission element;
wherein the transmission element is acted upon by a force-applying element with a force (F1) that is converted by the transmission element into a clamping force (F2) acting upon the clamping part (33) so that the clamping part provides a clamping action fixedly clamping the adjustable fence against the at least one counter stop (25) in the fixed working position;
a release unit (51), comprising a cylinder (54) and a piston rod (52) movably disposed in the cylinder (54), wherein the piston rod (52) is connected to the at least one counter stop (25) and the cylinder (54) is connected to the transmission element, wherein the release unit (51), when actuated, moves the transmission element against the force (F1) of the force-applying element (47) to release the clamping action;
wherein the transmission element (23) is a two-armed lever, one arm of which is acted upon with the force (F1) that is a compressive force and the other arm of which generates the clamping force (F2), wherein the other arm of the lever (23) and the counter stop (25) are penetrated by a ram (28), wherein the ram (28) comprises an end that is provided with the clamping part (33).

US Pat. No. 10,456,946

CUTTING MEMBER OF A SAW CHAIN, SAW CHAIN HAVING A CUTTING MEMBER AND FILES FOR FILING A CUTTING TOOTH OF A SAW CHAIN

1. A cutting member of a saw chain, the cutting member comprising:a cutting tooth;
the cutting member defining a running direction and having a forward bearing point disposed at a forward position with respect to the running direction and a rearward bearing point disposed at a rearward position with respect to the running direction;
a sharpened cutting surface at which at least one cutting edge is formed;
a planar contact surface adjoining said cutting surface;
said cutting tooth having a roof section at which one of said at least one cutting edges is formed;
said roof section, when viewed in a side view of the cutting member with a viewing direction in a sharpening direction which runs parallel to said cutting surface and parallel to said contact surface, having a greatest thickness (i) measured perpendicular to the running direction;
said roof section having an upper edge;
the cutting member defining a first connecting line in said side view connecting a first point of intersection between said upper edge of said roof section and said cutting surface to a point of intersection between an imaginary line, which extends parallel to and at a distance (k) from said upper edge of said roof section, and said cutting surface;
said cutting tooth having a tooth tip;
the cutting member defining a second connecting line in said side view connecting a second point of intersection between said upper edge of said roof section and an imaginary displacement of said cutting surface parallel to said contact surface at a position in which said tooth tip lies perpendicular to the running direction above a longitudinal center axis of the rear bearing point, to a third point of intersection between said imaginary line and said imaginary displacement of said cutting surface; and,
said contact surface being aligned such that said first connecting line and said second connecting line run parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,456,944

MULTIFUNCTION CUTTING TOOL GUIDE

Affinity Tool Works, LLC,...

1. A cutting tool guide system comprising:a base plate being unitary and having a top surface and a bottom surface, said top surface of said base plate top surface including connection points for connecting a power tool to said top surface of said base plate top surface;
said bottom surface having a first track extending longitudinally along said bottom surface of said base plate, said track being defined by first and second spaced walls protruding from said bottom surface of said base plate with at least one of said first and second spaced walls being movable with respect to said other first or second walls, said first track having a first axis extending along said first track;
said base plate defining a channel extending laterally along said bottom surface of said base plate, said channel having a second axis extending along said channel with said first axis intersecting said second axis at a right angle, said channel widening as it extends toward said bottom surface;
a rip straight edge having a second track with a groove extending along said second track and having a laterally extending rip guide whereby said rip straight edge engages said bottom surface of said base plate without touching said top surface of said base plate, said second track narrowing as it extends upward to said base plate bottom surface;
a locking member having a wedge engaged in said groove to pull said rip straight edge to said base plate, with said narrowing second track centering itself in said widening channel; and
whereby the power tool is attached to said base plate and positioned upon a straight edge with said base plate being movable along the straight edge to make a straight cut in a piece of material wherein the straight edge and said channel interacts to guide the power tool, or the power tool is attached to said base plate and said channel of said base plate is mounted to a guide and make a straight cut in a piece of material using the material's edge to guide said base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,943

MACHINES AND METHODS FOR CUTTING PRODUCTS AND IMPELLERS THEREFOR

Urschel Laboratories, Inc...

1. An impeller adapted to be coaxially mounted within an annular-shaped cutting head for rotation about a vertical rotational axis thereof in a rotational direction relative to the cutting head, the impeller comprising:a base and a ring spaced axially from each other, the ring defining an entrance to the impeller that surrounds the rotational axis of the impeller;
one or more intermediate plates disposed between the base and the ring and comprising at least a first intermediate plate so as to define at least first and second tier levels within the impeller, the first intermediate plate being closer to the entrance of the impeller than any other of the intermediate plates, the first tier level being between the ring and the first intermediate plate, the second tier level being between the first intermediate plate and the base, the first intermediate plate having an annular shape that defines an opening that is concentric with the rotational axis of the impeller, is smaller than the entrance in the ring, and defines a passage between the first and second tier levels and through which products are able to pass to enter the second tier level beneath the opening from the first tier level, the passage being disposed on and encompassing the rotational axis of the impeller such that the rotational axis of the impeller lies within the passage, the first intermediate plate functioning as a baffle whereby a fraction of the products entering the impeller through the entrance is captured within the first tier level as a result of encountering and being deflected by the first intermediate plate and a second fraction of the products entering the impeller passes through the opening in the first intermediate plate and is captured within the second tier level beneath the opening of the first intermediate plate;
paddles disposed between the base and the ring, at least a portion of each paddle being disposed within at least one of the first and second tier levels, each of the paddles having a radially outer extremity adjacent an outer perimeter of the impeller, an oppositely-disposed radially innermost extremity, and a face between the radially innermost and outer extremities and facing the rotational direction of the impeller; and
pockets defined within each of the first and second tier levels, each pocket being disposed between a pair of the paddles that are immediately adjacent each other in the rotational direction of the impeller, the pockets being delimited in an axial direction of the impeller by the base, the ring, and at least the first intermediate plate;
wherein the first intermediate plate includes a planar portion that surrounds the passage through the first intermediate plate, and the planar portion of the first intermediate plate surrounds a frustoconical flange that extends in the axial direction from the planar portion and surrounds the passage through the first intermediate plate.

US Pat. No. 10,456,942

CUTTING METHOD

1. A cutting method comprising:a pipe of a cutting tool driving a pressing foot of a pressing foot assembly of the cutting tool to press against an object in a direction;
the pressing foot of the pressing foot assembly driving an adapter ring of the pressing foot assembly to slide along the direction by cooperation of a sliding block of the pressing foot assembly and a sliding slot on the pipe;
the adapter ring of the pressing foot assembly compressing a spring of the cutting tool;
the compressed spring generating a resilient force for driving the pressing foot assembly to collapse a plurality of wave-shaped core layers of the object; and
after the plurality of wave-shaped core layers of the object is collapsed by the pressing foot of the pressing foot assembly, a blade assembly of the cutting tool protruding from the pressing foot assembly via an opening formed on the pressing foot and being driven to cut the collapsed object along another direction perpendicular to the direction without oscillation as the cutting tool moves along the another direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,941

DUAL KNIFE FOOD CUTTER

1. A dual knife food cutter apparatus configurable into a cutting configuration and a storage configuration, the dual knife food cutter apparatus comprising:a first blade comprising
a substantially planar portion comprising
a cutting edge,
a substantially planar front side,
an inside edge,
an outside edge, and
a substantially planar back side opposite of the front side, and
a handle portion opposite to the cutting edge, the handle portion having a first handle length, the handle portion comprising
a grip portion with a larger cross section than the distance between the front side and the back side,
a handle connection element, and
an elongated slot sized to allow insertion of the cutting edge of the second blade;
a second blade comprising
a substantially planar portion comprising
a cutting edge,
a substantially planar front side,
an inside edge,
an outside edge, and
a substantially planar back side opposite of the front side, and
a handle portion opposite to the cutting edge, the handle portion having a second handle length, the handle portion comprising
a grip portion with a larger cross section than the distance between the front side and the back side,
a handle connection element, and
an elongated slot sized to allow insertion of the cutting edge of the first blade;
wherein in the cutting configuration, the inside edge of the first blade abuts the inside edge of the second blade, the cutting edge of the first blade and the cutting edge of the second blade form a substantially contiguous combined cutting edge; and
wherein in the storage configuration, the cutting edge of the first blade is inserted into the slot of the handle portion of the second blade and the cutting edge of the second blade is inserted into the slot of the handle portion of the first blade.

US Pat. No. 10,456,940

NOTCHING TOOL, USE AND METHOD

1. A notching tool for notching a workpiece, the notching tool comprising a notching punch and a die comprising an inner surface,the notching punch comprising:
a first punch portion with a punch plane, the punch plane being intended to hit the workpiece in a notching operation; and
a second punch portion protruding from the punch plane in a direction which is substantially perpendicular to the punch plane, the second punch portion being intended to contact the inner surface of the die when the notching punch hits the workpiece;
the first punch portion having a height hfp;
the second punch portion having a height hsp and a yield shear strength Tsp;
the workpiece having opposing outer surfaces, an edge having a height h, a Poisson's ratio v, an ultimate shear strength Tuss, and a notching section which takes up a surface Snotch in the workpiece and has a lateral surface Slat;
the notching operation requiring a force Fshear to remove the notching section from the workpiece, and
the height of the second punch portion of the punch hsp is greater than h,
wherein the second punch portion has an effective surface Ssp which is greater than Ssp-min, wherein

wherein
xp is the distance between the edge of the workpiece and a projection of a center of mass of the first punch portion onto one of the opposing surfaces of the workpiece as measured over the one of the opposing surfaces of the workpiece, and
x is the distance between a integration parameter ds and the edge of the workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,456,939

CELL CUTTING DEVICE FOR DISPLAY DEVICES

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A cell cutting device for cutting a mother substrate for display devices that includes a plurality of cells, the cell cutting device comprising:a fixing unit configured to have the mother substrate fixed thereto during a cutting process, and configured to move the mother substrate in a first direction during the cutting process;
a cutter configured to cut the mother substrate in a second direction that is a cutting direction of the mother substrate, the cutter facing a first surface of the mother substrate during the cutting process;
a cutter driving unit fixed to the cutter, the cutter driving unit being configured to drive the cutter during the cutting process;
a buffer member arranged facing a second surface of the mother substrate, opposite the first surface, the buffer member being positioned to correspond to the cutter during the cutting process; and
a support member arranged on an opposite side of the buffer member from the second surface of the mother substrate such that the buffer member is interposed between the second surface of the mother substrate and the support member during the cutting process, wherein:
a portion of the support member that faces the buffer member has a width in the first direction that is smaller than a width of the mother substrate in the first direction, and
the buffer member has a width in the cutting direction that is equal to or greater than a width of the cutter in the cutting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,456,938

SHEATH AND KNIFE SEPARATION CONTROL STRUCTURE

1. A sheath (10) and knife (20) separation control structure, comprising:a sheath (10) formed of a first sheath shell (11) and a second sheath shell (12), said sheath (10) comprising a knife blade accommodation chamber (14) and a stop block (16);
a knife (20) comprising a knife blade (21) accommodated in said knife blade accommodation chamber (14) of said sheath (10) and a stop portion (23) stoppable by said stop block (16) of said sheath (10); and
a clamping control unit (3) comprising a clamp (30) pivotally connected to said sheath (10), a first clamping portion (35) and a second clamping portion (36), said first clamping portion (35) and said second clamping portion (36) being adapted for clamping said first sheath shell (11) and said second sheath shell (12) of said sheath (10) so that said stop block (16) of said sheath (10) is stopped against said stop portion (23) of said knife (20) to lock said knife (20) to said sheath (10), wherein said stop portion (23) of said knife (20) is movable to push away said stop block (16) of said sheath (10) for allowing separation of said knife (20) from said sheath (10) when said first clamping portion (35) and said second clamping portion (36) of said clamping control unit (3) are unclamped from said first sheath shell (11) and said second sheath shell (12) of said sheath (10).

US Pat. No. 10,456,937

GUARD ELEMENT FOR USE IN A HAIR CUTTING UNIT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A guard element for use in a hair cutting unit as a guard for a movable hair cutting element of the hair cutting unit, which guard element is generally cup-shaped and comprises a disc-shaped base and an annular wall, whereinthe disc-shaped base comprises a central axis and a peripheral section which is curved when seen in a central cross-section of the guard element comprising the central axis; and
the annular wall comprises a main part and a flange-shaped part; and wherein
the main part of the annular wall has a substantially upright orientation with respect to the disc-shaped base and comprises a straight section, which is uncurved when seen in the central cross-section and which is connected to the peripheral section of the disc-shaped base, and the main part of the annular wall is partially bent when seen in the central cross-section; and
the flange-shaped part of the annular wall comprises an outwardly bent section, which is bent outwardly relative to the central axis when seen in the central cross-section, and a free end section;
wherein the outwardly bent section of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall interconnects the main part of the annular wall and the free end section of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall; and
wherein the annular wall is reinforced based on a design where a smallest inner periphery of the flange-shaped part of the annular wall has a diameter which is smaller than a diameter of a largest inner periphery of the straight section of the main part of the annular wall.

US Pat. No. 10,456,936

ADJUSTABLE SPACING COMB, ADJUSTMENT DRIVE AND HAIR CUTTING APPLIANCE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An adjustment drive for an adjustable spacing comb for a hair cutting appliance comprising:a housing portion,
a cutting unit including a blade set,
the adjustable spacing comb including: a movable comb portion movable with respect to the housing portion of the hair cutting appliance, the adjustment drive, and a manually operable rotation element configured to receive manually applied rotary movements by a user, the rotation element being rotatingly mounted to the adjustment drive and supported at the housing portion of the hair cutting appliance, the rotation element being at least partially covered by the housing portion, wherein a circumferential portion of the rotation element is accessible through an opening portion of the housing portion,
the adjustment drive being manually operable by the rotation element, the adjustment drive comprising:
an actuator configured for actuating the movable comb portion of the adjustable spacing comb with respect to a blade set of the hair cutting appliance,
a rotary encoder directly coupled to the rotation element and configured to detect rotary movements of the rotation element applied by a user, the rotary encoder being further configured to output a respective user input signal corresponding to the detected rotary movements applied by the user to the rotation element, and
a control unit respectively coupled to the actuator and to the rotary encoder,
wherein the control unit is configured to convert the detected user input signal output from the rotary encoder into an actuator operating signal, output by the control unit to the actuator to enable the control unit to electronically control the movable comb portion in response to the detected user inputs,
wherein the control unit is further configured to move the movable comb portion in accordance with an adjustment position speed calculated as a function of a difference between relative positions between the rotation element and the movable comb portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,935

SHAVING APPARATUS AND SHAVING APPARATUS HEAD

HYBRID RAZOR LTD, (IL)

1. A shaving apparatus head in an upright state comprising:a body;
a rotary cutter mounted to the body so as to be rotatable about a rotational axis, the rotary cutter comprising cutting edges that collectively define a reference cylinder about the rotational axis; and
a blade mounted to the body and having a top surface defining a first reference plane that intersects the reference cylinder and divides the reference cylinder into two portions that are located on opposite sides of the first reference plane, the blade positioned so that a user's hairs are sheared between a cutting edge of the blade and the cutting edges of the rotary cutter when the rotary cutter is rotating about the rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,456,934

ELECTRIC HYGIENE DEVICE WITH IMAGING CAPABILITY

May Patents Ltd., Hod-Ha...

1. A system comprising a portable device and an oral hygiene device that communicate over a Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN),the oral hygiene device comprising:
a toothbrush adapted for teeth brushing;
a motion actuator for moving at least part of a brushing mechanism;
a sensor mechanically coupled to the toothbrush for generating an output in response to a physical phenomenon;
software and a processor for executing the software, the processor is coupled to the sensor for receiving the output;
a battery for powering the sensor, the motion actuator, the sensor, and the processor;
an first WPAN antenna for coupling to the WPAN using Radio-Frequency (RF) waves; and
a first WPAN transceiver coupled between the first antenna and the sensor for transmitting a first data that is responsive to the sensor output over the WPAN;
an handheld casing housing the rechargeable battery, the toothbrush, the motion actuator, the first WPAN antenna, the first WPAN transceiver, the sensor, the memory, and the processor,
the portable device comprising:
a second WPAN antenna for coupling to the WPAN using Radio-Frequency (RF) waves;
a second WPAN transceiver coupled to the second antenna for receiving the first data from the oral hygiene device over the WPAN;
a display component having a screen for displaying data, the display component is coupled to the second WPAN transceiver for displaying information in response to the received first data; and
a portable enclosure housing the second WPAN antenna, the second WPAN transceiver, and the display component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,933

ELECTRIC SHAVER WITH IMAGING CAPABILITY

May Patents Ltd., Hod-Ha...

1. A display device for use with a cable concurrently carrying a (Direct Current) DC power signal and a video data, the display device comprising:a LAN connector for connecting to the cable;
a video display component for displaying the video data;
a receiver coupled between the LAN connector and the video display component for receiving the video data from the cable via the LAN connector;
a processor for executing software, the processor is coupled between the receiver and the display component for processing the video data; and
a single enclosure housing the LAN connector, the display component, the processor, and the receiver,
wherein the video display component, the processor, and the receiver are coupled to the LAN connector for being powered only from the DC power signal.

US Pat. No. 10,456,932

CONDUCTION PATH STRUCTURE OF ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A conduction path structure of a robot, comprising:a structural mechanism which functions as a support and has plural conductor portions formed side by side along a circumferential direction so as to form a rigid skeletal portion surrounding an inner area of the structural mechanism;
an actuator that operates the structural mechanism; and
a conduction path through which driving power and/or a control signal is supplied to the actuator, wherein
the conduction path is comprised of the plural conductor portions.

US Pat. No. 10,456,931

MULTI-AXIS INDUSTRIAL SCARA ROBOT

Comau S.p.A., Grugliasco...

1. A multi-axis industrial robot, in particular of a SCARA type, comprising:a base structure;
a first arm pivotally connected to the base structure about a first axis of rotation;
a second arm pivotally connected to said first arm about a second axis of rotation parallel to said first axis of rotation; and
an operating unit carried by a shaft, which is mounted on said second arm and can be driven, by means of an actuation assembly, in a first movement of translation along a third axis and in a second movement of rotation about said third axis, said third axis being parallel to said first and second axes of rotation,
wherein said second arm comprises:
a base body fixed on which is said actuation assembly; and
a covering body, which is mounted on said base body,
wherein said base body and said covering body constitute a housing within which said actuation assembly is enclosed and separated from the external environment;
said robot being characterized in that said second arm comprises an intermediate body, which is fixed on said base body and has a structure that is set at least in part between said covering body and said actuation assembly and is provided with portions for fixing said covering body on said intermediate body in such a way that said covering body is fixed on said base body through said intermediate body and constitutes, together with said base body, the housing within which said actuation assembly and said intermediate body are enclosed, wherein said intermediate body further defines a wall, which is set between said covering body and said actuation assembly and is provided with said fixing portions;
wherein carried on said wall are at least one connector member for connection of a bundle of cables and/or tubes and means for signalling purposes and/or for controlling said robot;
wherein said covering body has an opening, which is set in a position corresponding to said wall in such a way that said connector member and/or said signalling and/or control means will emerge on the outside of said second arm;
wherein a first seal element having an annular shape is set between said wall and internal portions of said covering body that extend around said opening so that said fixing portions and said connector member and/or said signalling and/or control means are positioned in a region on the inside of said first seal element: and
wherein a second seal element is set between said base body and said covering body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,930

VACUUM EJECTOR DEVICE

PIAB AB, Taby (SE)

1. A vacuum ejector device for generating at least partial vacuum to be supplied to a gripping member, comprising a device body having an elongated shape along a longitudinal axis A, the vacuum ejector device comprisesan air inlet port provided at a first end of the device body and being structured to receive pressurized air from a pressurized air supply source via a pressurized air tube,
a vacuum connection port provided at a second end of the device body, opposite said first end, in fluid communication to a vacuum duct, the vacuum connection port is structured to receive and connect one end of a vacuum tube that in its turn is in fluid communication to said gripping member, wherein said air inlet port and said vacuum connection port are arranged essentially along said longitudinal axis A, and structured such that said pressurized air tube and said vacuum tube are essentially in-line and oriented along said longitudinal axis A,
a vacuum generating duct in fluid communication to said air inlet port, and at least one vacuum generating member positioned at or in or partially in the vacuum generating duct, the vacuum duct connects to and is in fluid communication with the vacuum generating duct and terminates at said vacuum connection port, said vacuum generating member is configured to generate at least partial vacuum to said vacuum duct when the pressurized air supply is activated,
a movable sealing and venting element is provided and is structured to selectively substantially close and seal, in a sealing position, said vacuum duct when the air supply is activated, and to open or vent said vacuum duct to release or vent via a venting duct, in a venting position, the vacuum within the gripping member when the vacuum source or air supply is deactivated, characterized in that the sealing and venting element is arranged essentially at said longitudinal axis A, and that the venting duct is arranged and provides for fluid communication between the sealing and venting element and a venting outlet port provided at a long side of said elongated device body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,929

NEGATIVE PRESSURE ACTUATED SOFT BENDING ACTUATOR

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A soft bending actuator finger for use in conjunction with an evacuator, comprising:a first layer of a first elastomeric material having an outer surface and an inner surface, said first elastomeric material being relatively stiff;
a second layer of a second elastomeric material, said second elastomeric material being relatively compliant relative to said first elastomeric material, said second layer of elastomeric material having a plurality of walls including an outer surface and an inner engagement surface opposite said outer surface, said second layer of elastomeric material defining a plurality of interconnected voids creating pressure equalization of the voids in the second layer and a vacuum port in one of said plurality of walls of the second layer, the vacuum port being in fluid connection with the voids and adapted to be coupled to the evacuator, said second layer bonded to said first layer of elastomeric material along said outer surface of said second layer and said inner surface of said first layer,
wherein, in a first configuration where said plurality of interconnected voids are maintained at a pressure equal to an ambient environment pressure, said soft bending actuator assumes a first position, and in a second configuration where said plurality of interconnected voids are maintained at a pressure below the ambient environment pressure, said soft bending actuator assumes a second, bent position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,928

VACUUM GRIPPER UNIT COMPRISING VACUUM PUMP

VTEC CO., LTD., Sasang-G...

1. A vacuum gripper unit including a vacuum pump, the vacuum gripper unit comprising:a vertical main body (11) having a common vacuum chamber (14) defined therein;
first and second mounting containers (12a and 12b) that are cylindrical members horizontally arranged on left and right sides of the main body to be parallel to each other, and provide an additional mounting space to the main body (11), the first and second mounting cylinders having a generally ‘H’-shape when seen from outside, including the main body (11) that connects centers thereof to each other, the first and second mounting cylinders having passages (15) respectively provided at first sides thereof that face each other and communicating with the common vacuum chamber; and
a suction pad (13) connected to a lower portion of the main body (11) so as to communicate with the common vacuum chamber (14),
wherein the first mounting container (12a) has the vacuum pump (16) inserted and mounted therein and operating to allow exhaust of air from the common vacuum chamber (14) so as to create a vacuum therein upon supply and discharge of compressed air, and
the second mounting container (12b) selectively has the vacuum pump (16) inserted and mounted therein or a release valve (20) inserted and mounted therein, the release valve being opened to allow air to flow into the common vacuum chamber (14) when the vacuum pump stops operating; and
wherein the vacuum pump (16) is a pipe vacuum pump in which first and second ends thereof are an inlet (17) and an outlet (18) for the compressed air, respectively, and a side wall thereof has a through hole (19) formed therein so as to communicate with the common vacuum chamber (14), and
the vacuum pump is mounted in the first mounting container (12a) in such a manner that the inlet (17) is inserted through a front insertion hole (23) of the first mounting container (12a) into a rear air supply hole (24) so as to communicate therewith, the vacuum pump being mounted in the second mounting container (12b) in the manner as above described.